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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Paperback – 16 May 2014
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[Albertine's] book is both a bold chronicle of her personal ups and downs and a historical document that blows holes in the established punk narrative in which men are the major players and women merely window dressing. (Independent)
Rarely can a book be so personal yet still resonate with a whole movement - and beyond. (Alexandra Fullerton Stylist)
A brutally honest book about the blood, guts, sweat and tears that went into becoming a woman in the Seventies. You don't need to be a fan of the Slits or even punk to be gripped from the off.(The Telegraph)
With a title that is an incantation and a picture of the gorgeous author on its cover, Viv Albertine's autobiography is quite something...maddening and magnificent all at the same time - rather like her band, the Slits. (Suzanne Moore The Guardian)
Love or hate the punk movement, this memoir of those turbulent times by The Slits' guitarist is infused with humanity and vulnerability that gives it far broader appeal. (Holiday Reads Recommendations Sunday Express)
The Slits were perhaps the most subversive punk group of all . . . Their adventures, musical and otherwise, are a the heart of this searingly honest memoir. (Sean O'Hagan Observer)
Her voice is important in the back story of women in British rock, but she is now as original and interesting an entertainer in words as in music. (The Times)
Albertine's music has never offered easy answers or comfortable conclusions. This brave, funny, honest autobiography doesn't either, and is all the more admirable for it. (Mail on Sunday)
A fresh, insider's take on punk. (Evening Standard)
A frank and fearless account of sex, drugs and life on the cultural frontline. (Esquire)
'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.' (Viv Albertine's mum, to Viv, in the mid-70s.)See all Product description
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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!
It's the most honest, personal first-hand account I've ever read of what being at the dawn of the UK punk scene was like - but even more than that - it's a vivid account of what trying to live a bold and creative life is like.
'What would Viv do?' is a good question to ask when faced with many a dilemma - the answer may not make life easy but it could well help make it fulfilling...
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.
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