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14 February 2015
I've just finished this book, after greedily gobbling it up over the course of a week. I heard Viv being interviewed on the Radcliffe and Maconie show on BBC 6Music, and she was so engaging that I had to immediately order a copy of the book. I was born in 1977, and I've been obsessed with punk music, fashion and culture since I was thirteen years old. However, what I've absorbed up to now has mostly been the male point of view - and Viv's point of view is refreshingly honest and un-airbrushed. It shows the Slits' ambition to play music in a way that was unashamedly female, fiercely independent and in no way "girly". I loved Viv's narrative voice - her eye for detail in music and clothing, the way the reader sees her experiences headlong, in the present tense and through her eyes. It's so vivid. I loved her descriptions of growing up, experiencing some of the key moments of Sixties "flower power" as a teenager, and how this yearning for self-expression flowed into punk more naturally than we are often led to believe. As the descriptions are so vivid, her later experiences of struggling for motherhood and battling illness aren't for the faint-hearted, but are essential reading about life as a woman. If I had a teenage daughter, I would give this for her to read. This book is inspiring for anyone who wants to produce art, music or writing, and why you should never listen to the voices that tell you "no", especially your own.
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4.8 out of 5 stars