HERE TO BE HEARD: The Story of the Slits


Calling all The Slits fans…

It’s 1977 and Sex Pistols have pissed off just about every single powerful musical figurehead; Pink Floyd adorned the Battersea skyline with a forty-foot inflatable pig called Algie and Rod Stewart really didn’t want to talk about it. Men ruled the school and it has inevitably stayed that way pretty much ever since. However, during that same year, a radicalisation of the music scene had begun.

Come forth the ultimate Untypical Girls: The Slits. Touted as the world’s first all-girl punk band whose reggae sound and unapologetic attitude started an explosive feminist revolution. They iconoclastically defined a new generation of women who wanted to punch patriarchy right where it hurt.

Having characterised the post-punk era with their ground-breaking sound and image, we are forever indebted to The Slits for paving the way for female musicians: Riot Grrrl owes them a drink or two and even the current gender revolution could give the band a pat on the back and a firm handshake. The story, however, remains cruelly and wholly untold.

William E. Badgley – documentary and television presenter – has lovingly crowdfunded a film about the punk priestesses called Here To Be Heard: Story of the Slits. Based on the narrative of bass player Tess Pollitt and her scrapbook, the film sheds light on a story that has otherwise remained within the shadows. With previously unseen archival footage, interviews and performances, William adapts the Slits for a modern audience, foregrounding their feminist battle cry for the world to now see and hear. Having premiered this year at the London Film Festival, Here to Be Heard has finally raised enough money to be released on DVD this coming Spring.

More information, merchandise and the DVD can be pre-ordered and bought from this link HERE.