Poly Styrene, the singer for X-Ray Spex before embarking on a solo career, died Monday. She was 53. Many tributes are sure to follow; Marianne Joan Elliot-Said inspired many geeky young people, both women and men, that they had a place in the music world. Guardian:
"Despite her relatively short stint with the band, Styrene's overt feminism and mixed-race heritage marked her out among her punk contemporaries and won her legions of fans for generations to come. Beth Ditto, singer with Gossip, said: 'Poly Styrene [was] so ahead of her time. She recreated punk.'"
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