Unsung Heroes

Episode 172: Poly Styrene – Write A Prescription For Adventure

Many don’t know who the Xray Spex were, but without them, the punk and New Wave movements would’ve been a lot less exciting. Especially thanks to lead singer/songwriter, Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, better known as Poly Styrene. This woman did not spend too long in the spotlight, but for the brief time that she did, it was spent singing about important topics like racism, sexism, and capitalism. Her story is not widely known, but is one of the most interesting that we’ve covered. Today we learn how she brought punk to women and people of color with her own sense of style and values.

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