Founded in London by four teen girls in 1976, the Slits were the world’s first all girl punk rock group. The British tabloids were horrified and wrote headlines like, “Here come the punkesses . . . these girls make the Sex Pistols look like choirboys.” Their drummer Palm Olive lived in a squat with Joe Strummer of The Clash (the two bands later toured together) and they came up in the London scene alongside Jonny Thunders and Sid Vicious. Bob Marley mentioned them in his lyrics, and Don Letts became their manager. The Slits called their music “punky reggae” and this documentary makes a case for their historical importance as the inspiration of all riot grrls. It follows the roller coaster career trajectory of the band –– the group went from the brink of popular success in the late 70s, to failure and breaking up, and then reforming in 2005. It also tracks the personal stories of the women away from and after music. Interviews include all Slits members as well as band members of Public Image Limited, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Sex Pistols and other top names in Britain’s punk generation.
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