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Ayer aparecía por aquí Lemmy, y hoy veo en la página web de Motörhead la siguiente noticia:

Former Girlschool guitarist dies

Kelly Johnson 20/06/1958 – 15/07/2007

It is with extreme sadness to inform you that Kelly Johnson, original lead guitarist of Girlschool, passed away on Sunday night, 15th July.  She has been suffering from spinal cancer for the last six years.

Joining Girlschool in 1978, Kelly was a face in the classic line-up alongside Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar, vocals), Enid Williams (bass, vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums).  The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, “Demolition” (1980), and continuing with the follow-ups “Hit ‘n’ Run” (1981) and “Screaming Blue Murder” (1982).  Kelly’s participation also saw Girlschool collaborating with Motorhead under the name Headgirl for the ?St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? EP.  Both bands appeared on the lead track ?Please Don’t Touch? and covered each other’s songs, Girlschool choosing ?Bomber? and Motorhead picking ?Emergency?.

Please don’t touch (Motorhead and Girlschool)

Kelly originally left Girlschool in 1984 after recording the band’s fourth album, “Play Dirty”, to live in Los Angeles for the next ten years. She rejoined in 1993 and moved back to the U.K.  In 2000, she decided to quit the music business for good after recording her final album with Girlschool, “Not That Innocent: 21st Anniversary” (2001), though always remained a close friend to the band.

Kelly Johnson (RIP) will be missed heavy-heartedly by all.  Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends.

Girlschool [wiki] como grupo y Kelly Johnson como guitarrista representan lo que hecho en falta en el mundo de la guitarra eléctrica desde hace tiempo. Por lo menos parece que de un tiempo a esta parte las mujeres al frente de grupos jebis y similares (aunque sea casi exclusivamente en las tareas vocales) están adiquiriendo mayor notoriedad. Espero que el ejemplo de Kelly Johnson no muera con ella.

Eso sí, de lo que puedo prescindir es de (proyectos de) mujeres así [02m09s]. Gracias a Alfil por este video que demuestra que ni política, ni religión, ni leches: lo más peligroso que existe son las series de televisión españolas.

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