Poly Styrene, 1957-2011

Poly Styrene, frontlady of the seminal punk band x-Ray Spex, passed away today at age 53.

Read about her in the BBC article here.

“Just head that Poly Styrene has passed away. Little girls should be seen and not heard wasn’t only a view held by our parent’s generation – the rock hacks of the mid-70s also subscribed to the idea that female musicians should be rock chicks a la Suzy Quatro. Poly pushed against that and the boys club that was early punk rock. Celebrate her life!” -Billy Bragg


“Great little 10 minute radio documentary about the first Rock Against Racism march and carnival in 1978 which I contributed to. I had forgotten that X-Ray Spex played there too. Another reason to salute Poly Styrene’s contribution to a multi-cultural Britain and to mourn her passing.” – Billy Bragg

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