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The Slits' (Ari-Up; Tessa Pollitt; Viv Albertine)

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The Slits' (Ari-Up; Tessa Pollitt; Viv Albertine)

by Pennie Smith
bromide fibre print, 1979
16 in. x 10 3/4 in. (405 mm x 273 mm)
acquired Pennie Smith, 2002
Photographs Collection
NPG x125339

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Formed in 1976, the feminist punk outfit The Slits featured fourteen-year-old German-born Arianna Foster on vocals. The group supported The Clash during their White Riot tour together with The Buzzcocks and the Subway Sect in 1977. Their first album was the dub-influenced Cut recorded at Farm Ridge Studios with Reggae producer Dennis Bovell. Their short career ended with their 1981 CBS release The Return of the Giant Slits.

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  • She Bop (8 July 2003 - 3 November 2003)

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Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minster. She came to power with the electoral slogan, 'Labour isn't working', and set about her aim to reverse Britain's economic decline by reducing the role of the state in the economy and championing entrepreneurship and the free market.

Art and science

Monty Python's Life Of Brian, is released causing controversy, but gaining box-office success and classic status. The film is in many ways a classic farce, with much of its humour deriving from the mistaken identity of the protagonist, Brian Cohen. But, as his mother tells us: 'He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.'


Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 'for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.' Mother Theresa established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India; an organisation that pledged to give 'Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.' Soviet troops invade Afghanistan and begin a 10-year occupation, resisted by Mujaheddin Afghan guerrilla fighters.

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