Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine (5-Feb-2015) Paperback Paperback – 1600
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Being pre pubescent boys we all made for the local record store where I gazed on the beautiful Viviane for the first time on a poster pasted on the wall and kapow! I was smitten. ( not very punk rock , Objectifying women I know, but it is what it is).
Afterwards I bought the records and loved them , and carried on in my sonic journey through life.
Many years passed and one day I stumbled upon a documentary on TV about Six Vicious where many of the anecdotal tales were told by Viv and again Kapow! I was a raging ball of fourteen year old hormones once more.
I decided to buy the book , to see where she had been all these years.
The punk rock period is such a long time ago now it was lovely to revisit my memories of the period and hear it from someone who lived it all on the front lines so to speak.
I think it's fair to say Viv has led a very interesting life touched by triumph and tragedy but her spirit and good humour shines through.
She's a great musician, a great artist and even now decades later has a smile that could light up Wembley stadium..
I hope she finds lasting love with someone but just in case , Viv I'm waiting!
Written in stripped down, present tense throughout. Found it increasingly gripping as she described her post-pop life. Love her spirit, her determination, her defiance. Utterly inspiring!
Wasn't sure I particularly liked Viv much before reading this. Thought she was still trying to capitalize on her time with the Slits. My compassion towards her grew as she described her time after 'The Slits' . Had previously seen a Youtube interview in which she stated that the book was as much about 'failure' as it was about 'success'. Apart from a difficult relationship with her father, I initially thought she'd had everything too easy, but in the 2nd part of the book as she recounts her struggles with IVF & Cancer & eventually a soured marriage, I grew more sympathetic towards her. To my surprise, I found this a gripping read. One worth holding onto and rereading again sometime.
If she hadn't followed a musical career she would have made an excellent writer. Would definitely read anything else she ever chooses to write.
The book runs out of steam it bit towards the end when she describes her life as a middle England housewife with an Aga and Jaeger dresses (a far cry from her Westwood designed wardrobe!) but for the whole this was a very interesting life story.