I think it is no secret that most professional musicians do not enjoy the benefit of employer-provided health insurance, and that is just a shame, because it’s something everyone needs. Sadly, earlier this year, Roger Miret, vocalist for the legendary New York-based hardcore punk band Agnostic Front was diagnosed with cancer, and long road of tests and diagnoses lead to a complex surgery and lengthy hospital stay.
Christine “Chrissy” Amphlett, best known as the audacious lead vocalist of the Australian rock band Divinyls passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at her home in NYC after a battle with Breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53 years old. Favorite Divinyls Song: “All The Boys In Town.” RIP Chrissy.
The late Janis Joplin was born on this day, January 19th, in 1943. Today she would have been 70 years old. She is still the best female vocalist ever, in my opinion.
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Arianna Forster, aka Ari Up, front-woman for pioneering English punk band The Slits, passed away on Wednesday, October 20th, according to the website of John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd., who was also Up’s stepfather. According to Lydon’s site, Up died “after a serious illness.” She was 48 years old.
Ari Up formed The Slits in 1976 with drummer Palmolive when she was just 14 years old. The band quickly became one of the most notorious of the nascent punk rock movement, not only because its members were predominantly young girls, but also due to their outrageous style and on- and off-stage antics. The Slits appeared topless, caked in mud, on the cover of their 1979 debut, Cut – an album that would go on to be massively influential for coming generations of punks and riot grrrls. However, their combination of joyful, hell-raising, ramshackle punk and reggae rhythms would prove difficult to imitate.
The Slits followed Cut with 1981’s more experimental Return of the Giant Slits, and then broke up. Up went on to work with Adrian Sherwood’s New Age Steppers project and record music solo. In 2005, Up reunited with bassist Tessa Pollitt and reformed The Slits, releasing an EP, Revenge of the Killer Slits, in 2006 and an album, Trapped Animal, in 2009.
On This Date, April 21st in 1978: Sandy Denny (born Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny) of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention died of a cerebral hemorrhage, one month after falling down a flight of stairs at a friend’s house. She was 31 years old. Denny has the distinction of being the only guest singer, ever, on a Led Zeppelin album, having contributed co-vocals with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin IV’s “Battle of Evermore.”
Oh man, does this one ever take me back. On this date in 1978, Black Flag released its vinyl debut recording, the 7-inch Nervous Breakdown EP (which I own). In addition to the title track, the EP included “Fix Me,” “I’ve Had It” and “Wasted” – all totally amazing songs! Black Flag’s vocalist at the time was Keith Morris, who went on to form Circle Jerks. Dez Cadena took Morris’s place, and he was eventually replaced by the now world-famous god of American Hardcore, Henry Rollins. What a great band!
“Have a Drink On Me”
Let us take a moment to raise a posthumous toast to the late AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott, who was born on this day, July 9th, in 1946. It’s staggering to realize that it’s been over 30 years since Scott died from the effects of excessive drinking. What a shame. Cheers, Bon!