Poly Styrene's voice went through me like a stiletto – and she woke me up

Her lyrics on identity could have been written today, and she stood out with her unique style, confrontational and playful at the same time.

I’m in the Rough Trade shop, surrounded by racks of vinyl and posters of alternative bands. Tessa Pollitt from the Slits is DJ-ing. Loud, apocalyptic, dread-heavy reggae thunders through the sound system. Over there is a young woman who looks a lot like Poly Styrene.

This isn’t some fever dream of 1977: this is right now, 2019, in east, not west, London. And that young woman is not Poly Styrene, but her daughter, who along with writer Zoë Howe, is about to present their new...
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2019-04-18 18:41
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