Punk Icon Poly Styrene Dies

Feminist punk innovator Poly Styrene, former frontwoman for the British band X-Ray Spex, has succumbed to cancer at age 53, Pitchfork reports. Born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, Styrene broke boundaries in the macho realm of punk rock, influenced future generations (i.e. the riot grrl movement) and made a batch of extremely catchy music. In her words, “I said that I wasn’t a sex symbol and that if anybody tried to make me one I’d shave my head tomorrow.”

Below, from the documentary Punk in London, performing circa 1977.

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  • Vallindsay2

    She was six shades of awesome and she has left us way, way too soon. We need more people like her….

  • Vallindsay2

    She was six shades of awesome and she has left us way, way too soon. We need more people like her….

  • Butter Knife

    Good thing we still have… um…

    Paramore?

    Fucking hell.

  • Butter Knife

    Good thing we still have… um…

    Paramore?

    Fucking hell.

  • justagirl

    i wonder if it takes her extra long to decompose. 8/

    • GoodDoktorBad

      She gives off PCB’s….stay away!

      • justagirl

        ok goodDoktor. i’ll keep quiet and unseen, too. xo

  • justagirl

    i wonder if it takes her extra long to decompose. 8/

  • Anonymous

    She gives off PCB’s….stay away!

  • Rivv3t
  • Rivv3t
  • justagirl

    ok goodDoktor. i’ll keep quiet and unseen, too. xo

  • Fuck

    Wow that band’s pretty bad. They play like schoolkids, but they’re like, 25 years old. U couldn’t get away with it nowadays…

  • Fuck

    Wow that band’s pretty bad. They play like schoolkids, but they’re like, 25 years old. U couldn’t get away with it nowadays…

    • Butter Knife

      Apparently you’re unfamiliar with both punk and music in general. Not only were they great at playing punk, but there are FAR worse musicians with as much or more musical experience and education playing WAY less technically adept music all over the place.

  • Butter Knife

    Apparently you’re unfamiliar with both punk and music in general. Not only were they great at playing punk, but there are FAR worse musicians with as much or more musical experience and education playing WAY less technically adept music all over the place.