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Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess



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She exploded onto the Bay Area punk scene shortly after arriving from Modesto, California, and established herself as a powerful live act. As lead singer of The Insaints, Marian Anderson reigned as one of San Francisco's most provocative and controversial lead singers of the '90s. She was also working as a dominatrix at an underground S&M club and quickly became known for incorporating wild sex acts into her performances. Eventually arrested for lewd and lascivious acts, the ACLU came to her aid and the press had a field day.

Narrated by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess is Marian's tumultuous story. A victim of sexual abuse and a teenage runaway, she found herself self-medicating with drugs and cycling through psychiatric institutions. One of her bandmates described her as singer with a "Siouxsie Sioux presence... [and] a Lydia Lunch edge about her." On stage, she had ferocity akin to her contemporaries Naked Aggression and Bikini Kill. But to those who knew Anderson, she was a generous, sweet and soft-spoken person who lived each moment fearlessly until her tragic overdose in 2001.

Featuring Rancid's Tim Armstrong, The Offspring's Dexter Holland, Lunachicks' Becky Wreck and frank interviews with Marian Anderson's closest friends, Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess creates a loving portrait of the troubled musician that serves as both a cautionary tale and a living document of the artist.

[Original air date: Sun, Oct 06, 2013]

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Lilly Scourtis Ayers

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