Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My 20 minutes with Ari Up

I did a little feature interview with Ari Up a month or so ago, and while a shortened version will appear in the print issue of Blurt, the extended take is up today on the website. It starts:

There's a 30-year gap between the first Slits album and the band's third Trapped Animal, but that's just barely time for the world to catch up with the band's groundbreaking feminism, embrace of world cultures and fiercely independent approach to making music. But through it has been three decades since her gang of teenage revolutionaries posed naked for the cover of Cut, Ari Up says it's like no time at all has passed. "We were the first and now we'll be the last, too," she says. "It's all one big time to us...1979 or 2009."


Here’s some vintage Slits, live in Paris circa 1978.

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