Lisa Robertson on Ari

The Slits’ bassist and lead vocalist Ari Up died of cancer on October 20 in LA, at the age of 48.

The Slits blew open poetics for me in 1990. My only regret then was that I did not discover them when I was 14.

This video was released the day after her death:


“I’m not here to be loved. I’m here to be heard”  Ari Up.
Lisa Robertson is in Vancouver right now. Recent books: R’s Boat and Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip.
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