R.I.P. Poly Styrene

Legendary London-born X-Ray Spex vocalist Poly Styrene, aka Marianne Elliot Said, has died at the age of 53 after a battle with breast cancer (it spread to her spine and lungs before being diagnosed). An official statement reads: “We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places.” You’ll find more information via the Associated Press, but the best (accidental) eulogy is a review Robert Christgau posted yesterday of her new solo album Generation Indigo, words he wrote while she was still living. It’s at NPR. RIP.