Styrene, born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, had an extraordinary life. The daughter of a British legal secretary and a Somali aristocrat, she spent her early teenage years as a hippie hitchhiking between music festivals, and released a reggae track under her own name before forming X-Ray Spex after seeing a sparsely attended Sex Pistols gig on her 18th birthday. A neon-clad, biracial singer barely out of her teens with braces and a confrontational attitude, Styrene was a distinctive figure on the British punk scene, and faced racism and misogyny as a result. After the breakup of X-Ray Spex, Styrene became a Hare Krishna, releasing a handful of solo albums over the following decades while struggling privately with mental illness. She died of cancer in 2011, at the age of 53.

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[via Fact]