singer had liver and breast cancer. Check video clips, below.
By Fred Mills
Word has been slowly getting out that Jen Miro, aka Jennifer
Anderson, founding member of seminal San
Francisco punk band The Nuns, passed away on Dec. 16
from complications of liver and breast cancer. She had been living in New York City and had most recently been at Bellevue Hospital for hospice care. The singer,
writer and model was only 54 years old.
According to a lengthy obituary published today by the SF Weekly, Jill Lamar, a neighbor of
Anderson’s who’d been helping care for her, indicated that following her cancer
diagnoses she’d opted not for
standard treatments such as chemotherapy and painkillers, or hospitalization, prior
to being admitted to hospice. “She really suffered,” Lamar said. “She
really had nobody around her when she was dying.”
Students of punk have long revered The Nuns, which formed in
’75 (and included a young Alejandro Escovedo in the lineup) and was a key
player on the Bay Area scene centered around punk venue the Mabuhay Gardens.
The Nuns and the Avengers opened for the Sex Pistols at the UK band’s
legendary Winterland swan song. Despite being hugely popular in California, the band
only issued a handful of singles before breaking up in ’79. After that there
were several reunions that yielded a succession of albums and singles, with
Miro being the one constant in the lineup; the last Nuns album was 2003’s New York Vampires. Over the years Miro
also recorded as a solo artist and played with other combos, additionally
working as a model and screenwriter.