Produced by Marc Santo & Scott Newman
Camera by Rainer Evans & Kevin Gillooly
Edited by Christie Brown
The Slits are probably the single most important all-girl punk band in the history of music. A bold statement, we know, but certainly not a controversial one. As a 14 year old, Ari Up served as the band's flamboyant front woman and helped develop The Slits' pioneering punky reggae sound. She grew up in England surrounded by punk royalty. Her mother, who is married to John Lydon of the Sex Pistols, ran a punk boarding house, where it wasn't uncommon to see members of The Clash or icons like Jimi Hendrix roll through.
After The Slits demise, Ari went on to form the New Age Steppers with Nenah Cherry and Mark Stewart of The Pop Group. She moved to Brooklyn in the eighties and later to Belize, where she lived naked in the jungles to escape the yuppie culture that the decade embraced. Recently, Ari recreated The Slits to pick up the band's unfinished mission to fight for musical expression, women, and cultural freedom. She currently splits her time between Brooklyn and Jamaica.