2 min readFeb 20, 2021

With an exhibition and film about the punk icon on the way as well. A new book called Dayglo! telling the story of seventies punk icon Poly Styrene is on the way, this March from Omnibus Press.

Written by Poly’s daughter, singer songwriter Celeste Bell, and author Zoë Howe, the book features interviews with Vivienne Westwood, Don Letts, Neneh Cherry, The Slits’ Tessa Pollitt and Thurston Moore, as well as handwritten lyrics, diary entries and personal photographs.

Alongside Dayglo!, an exhibition called Paris-London Music Collection 1962 -1989, featuring items from her archive, will open on 12th March at Palais de Portee in Paris.

A feature-length documentary called Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, Chronicling her remarkable, and often troubled, life, Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché is directed by Paul Sng and Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell, and includes never-seen-before footage of Poly throughout her life, as well as interviews with other people in the industry including Kathleen Hanna, Pauline Black and Thurston Moore, about the great influence she had on them.

Despite the brevity of her career, Poly’s influence has reverberated throughout music, fashion, and feminism, from the Riot Grrrls of the 1990s to FKA Twiggs and the global Afropunk movement of today. “Poly Styrene was one of the most original and dynamic voices in popular culture, yet her importance is known to a relatively small number of people.

Dayglo! The Poly Styrene Story is out 28th March on Omnibus Press.


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