Brix Smith Start is an American singer and guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist and a major songwriter for the English post-punk band The Fall.

Smith Start met The Fall vocalist Mark E. Smith at a Chicago concert in April 1983, moved to Manchester, and married in July of that year.

Yesterday it was announced that the great Mark E. Smith had died, aged 60.

In what has proven to be an incredibly emotional time, Brix has issued a statement following Smith’s passing:

“Mark defied convention and definition – he was a true artist,” she wrote on Twitter.

“When I arrived in Manchester – a young American – he introduced me to pickled onions, pubs and punk. He was my music mentor, my cultural anchor, and my first love. I feel deeply saddened by his passing but I feel a greater joy for having shared his journey.

“He never once compromised, how many others can leave this life with such a singularity of vision? “Check the guy’s track record, he is not appreciated”

“Now at last he is…”

 

 

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