Remembering Poly Styrene: A Plastic Fantastic | Dazed

feat_slider_polyAs the anniversary of Poly Styrene’s death, singer/songwriter and possessor of one of THE catchcrys of classic British punk and empowerment: “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard. I think … Oh Bondage! Up Yours! … 1! 2! 3! 4!” draws near, (3 July 1957 – 25 April 2011) have a read of this wonderful article taken from the December 2005 issue of Dazed …

X-Ray Spex’s singer recalls stealing bread, being heckled by the Sex Pistols and life as a mixed race kid in 1960’s Britain

“I was born Marianne Elliot-Said, to a white mother and a Somali father. It was Bromley, 1957. My mum was really open-minded, or maybe just colour blind, as she couldn’t foresee how hard it would really be for my dad to live with us. After a few years, we moved to Brixton but it still didn’t work. Brixton was a West Indian neighbourhood and dad’s skin was really light. Everyone thought he was of a lighter caste and so they maligned him a long with the white folks. My mum ended up on her own with mixed race kids, and it was hard, especially when I decided to leave school at 15.

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