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

1 portrait of Viv Albertine

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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