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Poly Styrene, 1957-2011

Poly Styrene, 1957-2011

A pillar of punk has sung her last only a month after her latest release

Poly Styrene: In her punk heyday she would never admit she was influenced by Janis Joplin

The death of Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliot-Said) is more than another reminder that the ever-influential punk era is further and further away. It is also genuinely sad as she was always helpful, always approachable and – simply put – a nice person. Her vision was a singular counterpoint to the period’s often simplistic political stance and macho outlook. Her death comes soon after the release of Generation Indigo, her latest album. It has become her final word.

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