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With her tumbling dreadlocks, mouthy righteousness and determined mission to mash down Babylon, Ari Up was the personification of 1977's Bob Marley song "Punky reggae party". Her later lifestyle was peripatetic, as she moved around the globe, but especially between London, Jamaica, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Such journeying partially explains why Trapped Animal, the 2009 album by her group, the Slits, and the first since their 2006 reunion, should have been nominated in both the reggae and world-music sections for next year's Grammy awards.

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Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon is mourning the death of his step-daughter Ari Up, herself a punk star.

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Murder! Incest! Cannibalism!: Why 1976 was a year of TV excess

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Memoirs of a Geezer, By Jah Wobble

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Johnny Rotten: 'Don't call me a national treasure'

In 1975, the Sex Pistol’s lead singer was the angriest man in the UK. Now living in LA, John Lydon is still furious – and as entertaining as ever. He talks to Guy Adams about insulting Hollywood’s elite, why he’s chosen gardening over amphetamines, and the real reason he didn’t make Malcolm McLaren’s funeral

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Steve Richards: The convulsive power of referendums

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Swearing: When a curse can be a blessing

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Steve New: Troubled guitarist with Rich Kids, Glen Matlock's post-Sex Pistols band

Formed by the bassist and songwriter Glen Matlock after he was edged out of the Sex Pistols in February 1977, the new wave band Rich Kids played a potent brand of power pop reminiscent of the Sixties British groups The Who and the Small Faces, and predated the US skinny-tie contingent of The Knack and The Cars.

Malcolm McLaren's send-off: They came in leather and studs to say goodbye

On Camden High Street in north London, the sunlight was glinting off a thousand body piercings in every imaginable size, shape and location. It was a swelteringly hot day to be standing, as hundreds were, in studded leathers and black knee-high boots waiting for the funeral cortège of the grandfather of punk.

Malcolm McLaren - music's rebel to the last

The architect of punk, Malcolm McLaren, remained a rebel to the last as mourners said farewell today to a soundtrack of Sid Vicious's My Way.

Darwin's Island, By Steve Jones

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