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Celeste Bell of ‘Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché’ on Her Mom’s Mental Health Journey

Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Celeste Bell, co-director of the documentary film Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché and daughter of the influential X-Ray Spex singer. We discuss Poly’s life with bipolar and how it informed her music and writing in the London punk scene and beyond.

Scream Therapy · Episode 50: Celeste Bell of Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché on her mom’s mental health journey

Featured song clips:
X-Ray Spex – “I Am a Cliché” from Germfree Adolescents (Caroline Records reissue, 1991)
X-Ray Spex – “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” from Germfree Adolescents (Caroline Records reissue, 1991)
1978 TV interview clip from Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
X-Ray Spex – “Plastic Bag” from Germfree Adolescents (EMI, 1978)
X-Ray Spex – “Identity” from Germfree Adolescents (EMI, 1978)

Scream Therapy is a podcast that explores the link between Punk Rock and mental health hosted by Jason Schreurs. Guests include members of the underground music scene living with mental health challenges.

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