Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine

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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Read Online Free - The guitarist for seminal female punk group The Slits recounts playing with Sid Vicious, touring with the Clash, dating Mick Jones, inspiring “Train in Vain,” and releasing her solo debut in 2012

Viv Albertine is one of a handful of original punks who changed music, and the discourse around it, forever. Her memoir tells the story of how, through sheer will, talent, and fearlessness, she forced herself into a male-dominated industry, became part of a movement that changed music, and inspired a generation of female rockers.

After forming The Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious in 1976, Albertine joined The Slits and made musical history in one of the first generations of punk bands. The Slits would go on to serve as an inspiration to future rockers, including Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, and the Riot Grrrl movement in the 1990s. This is the story of what it was like to be a girl at the height of punk: the sex, the drugs, the guys, the tours, and being part of a brilliant pioneering group of women making musical history. Albertine recounts helping define punk fashion, struggling to find her place among the boys, and her romance with Mick Jones, including her pregnancy and subsequent abortion. She also gives a candid account of what happened post-punk, beyond the break-up of The Slits in 1982, including a career in film, surviving cancer, and making music again, twenty-five years later.

A truly remarkable memoir told in Viv’s frank, irreverent, and distinctive voice, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a raw, thrilling story of life on the frontier.

Title : Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
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ISBN : 0571297757
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 pages


Paul rated it ★★★★☆

December 19, 2015

I’m not big on music memoirs, in fact I’d rather ram a dead water vole up my nose than read one, but there was something about the ten thousand good reviews of this book which persuaded me. Turns out, they weren’t wrong. Rock music is so tediously predictable. As the sun rises in the east so ther...

Phil rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2014

Although she'll forever - and rightly - be known as the guitarist in that most original, uncompromising, and essential band The Slits, Viv Albertine has brought the same questing, creative, feminist principle she showed as a musician and songwriter to bear on all aspects of her subsequent life. O...

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2016

This gritty memoir was written by Viv Albertine who was at the epicenter of the London punk rock scene and was in one of the few all girl punk rock bands (The Slits). I loved this book because it was written in a a strong and distinctive female voice. Topics include: crushes on boys, periods, fas...

K.A. rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2014

I kept thinking I'd already written this review because the book has so completely seeped into my consciousness. This is a warts and all memoir that tests you at the start to see if you're strong enough to make the journey, throwing the messy chaos of her early life at the reader with both hands....

Nigeyb rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

I like The Slits and I'm very interested in the punk era however significant parts of this book are not about punk. What's more even if I had no interest in punk, or indeed no idea about Viv Albertine, I am sure I'd still love this book. I devoured it. It's just brilliant. Split into self-contain...

El rated it ★★★★☆

May 16, 2015

Viv Albertine is interested in three things. Can you guess what they are? Spoiler alert: They're a part of the title. She talked a lot about these things, which upon first thought made me think she was incredibly shallow and superficial. But what I came to realize as I read was these are things th...

Lynx rated it ★★★★★

March 24, 2017

Wow what a fantastic memoir! You don't have to be a fan of The Slits, or even punk for that matter, to love this book. Albertine courageously pours her heart and soul onto each page, recounting not only her involvement in the early UK punk scene but her relationships, her struggles trying to becom...

Tosh rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2014

Superb. Great book. Viv Albertine was in the band, The Slits, that were a great big deal in my young age. For years I totally forgot her and the band. Then recently, and by mistake, I heard her latest album "The Vermilion Border" which is fantastic. The lyrics were witty and wise, and the music i...

Kelly rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2015

I love music biographies, and it was definitely interesting to read about the 70's british punk movement from the perspective of Viv. This was feeling like a 4 star book until I got to the last part, which I really loved. Not only is this a great reflection on a seriously influential moment in ti...

julieta rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2018

Me encantó. Una historia buenísima, la vida de esta mujer, no solo porque habla de música de la época más punk (y cero desde el punto de vista de una groupie, todo lo contrario), la mirada de una mujer música, buscando mostrar su visión. Super entretenido, cercano, triste, y de todo. Como la vida...

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