Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

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"Ms. Albertine's book is wiry and cogent and fearless.... Her book has an honest, lo-fi grace. If it were better written, it would be worse."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times "Forget Katniss And Tris - Viv Albertine Is Your New Hero."— The Rough Trade #1 Book of the Year! Viv Albertine is a pioneer. As lead guitarist and songwriter for the seminal band The Slits, she influenced a future generation of artists including Kurt Cobain and Carrie Brownstein. She formed a band with Sid Vicious and was there the night he met Nancy Spungeon. She tempted Johnny Thunders...toured America with the Clash...dated Mick Jones...and inspired the classic Clash anthem "Train in Vain." But Albertine was no mere muse. In Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. , Albertine delivers a unique and unfiltered look at a traditionally male-dominated scene. Her story is so much more than a music memoir. Albertine's narrative is nothing less than a fierce correspondence from a life on the fringes of culture. The author recalls rebelling from conformity and patriarchal society ever since her days as an adolescent girl in the same London suburb of Muswell Hill where the Kinks formed. With brash honesty—and an unforgiving memory—Albertine writes of immersing herself into punk culture among the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks. Of her devastation when the Slits broke up and her reinvention as a director and screenwriter. Or abortion, marriage, motherhood, and surviving cancer. Navigating infidelity and negotiating divorce. And launching her recent comeback as a solo artist with her debut album, The Vermilion Border . Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a raw chronicle of music, fashion, love, sex, feminism, and more that connects the early days of punk to the Riot Grrl movement and beyond. But even more profoundly, Viv Albertine's remarkable memoir is the story of an empowered woman staying true to herself and making it on her own in the modern world.
Publisher: [S.I.] : St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2014.
ISBN: 9781466873070
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 24, 2017

Being a huge fan of The Slits, I was first in line to read this autobiography from the self-taught guitarist Viv Albertine.
Raw, honest and challenging, she hits you right in the face from the opening line and she does not disappoint for the rest of the book. Candid stories from her time hanging around London with The Clash and Don Letts, she provides a fascinating glimpse into a time where punk was born and its romance with the dready reggae rastafaris that were coming into their own at the same time.

Aside from all that hedonism, she tells a very common story about isolation, motherhood, depression and loneliness and how you can overcome all that with a bit of punk spirit.

26011thstreet Nov 28, 2015

Excellent book, and highly recommended to anyone that not only enjoys to read about London's early punk scene but also about life after punk, and how someone like Viv has reinvented herself over and over. Really enjoyed her book a lot.

May 18, 2015

I don't know how I missed listening to The Slits as a teenager; I only knew of them from their controversial Cut album cover when I worked in a record store a long time ago. A music fan friend highly recommended this autobiography to me, and wow--does Viv Albertine deliver the stories! She is quite a talented writer as well as with other art media and has a marvelous sense of humor. What a full, delightfully engaged life and she only gets stronger as she faces each challenge that comes her way. I truly enjoyed reading this book and there were parts of it of which I had to repress loud laughter on my bus commute home from work! I really hope she publishes a follow-up work in 2016.


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