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10 05 2015

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

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In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn’t play an instrument and she’d never seen a girl play electric guitar.

A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv’s life post-punk – taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again – Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.

Raw, uncompromising, honest are the adjectives most used to describe this powerful memoir by Viv Albertine. A brutally direct account from childhood through her place at heart of punk as a member of the Slits and subsequent rollercoaster existence this is an at times funny, often painful, but always frank description of a both extraordinary and ordinary life. It really is rather compelling and Albertine comes across as a sincere and principled individual although always challenging.

(Similar words in a slightly different order appear in this Times Higher review.)

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