Tessa Pollitt

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Tessa Pollitt
Born Teresa Mary Clare Pollitt
(1959-01-01) 1 January 1959 (age 58)
London, England
Occupation Musician, artist
Years active 1976-81, 2006-10
Musical career
Genres Punk, Reggae
Instruments Bass, guitar, vocals
Labels Island
Associated acts The Clash, Sex Pistols

Tessa Pollitt (born 1 January 1959)[1] is an English musician who was the bass guitarist for the punk rock band The Slits between 1976 and 1981.[2] Pollitt replaced the band's original bassist, Suzi Gutsy.[3] During the 1980s, Pollitt lived in Africa, on hiatus from the music industry.[4][5]

She married Sean Oliver and has a daughter with him.[6] Oliver died in 1990 from sickle cell anemia.[7] She returned to performing with The Slits when the band was reformed in 2006, the year the Revenge of the Slits EP was released by Island Records.[8] In the prior year, 2005, singer Ari Up and Pollitt reformed the band with new members, as Viv Albertine was not interested in rejoining. The new line-up included Paul Cook, formerly of the Sex Pistols, and Marco Pirroni, formerly of Adam and the Ants.[9]


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  2. ^ "Typical Girls Online - Tessa Pollitt". Sympatico.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Ari-Up Biography". Mog.com. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ Whitfield, Gregory Mario. "Earthbeat: In the Beginning There wasRhythm". 3:AM Magazine. 3AM Interview. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Coon, Caroline (1977). 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion. London: Hawthorne Books. ISBN 978-0801561290. 
  6. ^ "In The Beginning, There Was Sound". 3am. 3am. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sean Oliver". Last FM. Last FM. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Parkhouse, Will. "Not Typical Girls Not Trapped Animals: The Slits Interview". The Quietus. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Howe, Zoe Street (2009). Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-015-1. Retrieved 27 November 2015.