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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Viv Albertine

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Title:Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
Authors:Viv Albertine
Info:Faber & Faber (2014), Paperback, 432 pages
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It's kind of 2 books in one: pre- and post-Slits. For some pages I thought the post-Slits housewife tales would bore me, but actually they turned out to be the more interesting ones. The thing that took a star off for me was that there is not much "music" in the story. Maybe that is the music geek in me but you don't learn much about the musical landscape in the 70s or why Viv was attracted to "punk". Other than that a fascinating read. ( )
  morusss | Jan 23, 2019 |
Searingly honest autobiography. Viv seems to have total recall, and writes of her experiences as though they have just happened. So through the book her voice changes from a determined-to-shock & irritate 20-something, to a more reflective middle-aged woman desiring love and determined to pursue her creative side whilst being a mother.

Well written, entertaining, and brave warts-and all candour. Viv was a part of the punk phenomenon and whilst she was an enthusiastic part of it, her writing does disclose that it was as seedy on the inside as it appeared to us of the same generation looking on. Fascinating. ( )
1 vote LARA335 | Dec 1, 2017 |
Definit ly one of the best reads of the year.

The first half is a fun and cool memoir of growing up in London in the 60s and 70s, the evolution of punk, her friendship with Sid Vicious, teaching herself guitar and joining The Slits. Really fun and a dishy romance with Mick Jones.

The second half is a powerful journey about the reinvention of the self - her desire to become a mother, the end of her marriage and her decision to pursue music again. She is almost cruelly introspective - this is no ghostwritten memoir - and at times is quite devastating to read.

What emerges is a portrait of an uncompromising artist that is inspiring and just a little scary.

Now get off your ass and do something! ( )
1 vote laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
This is a memoir from the days when the old was dying and the new was being born. A girl of meager means from Muswell Hill survives a dreary adolescence by immersing herself in the London music scene of the late1960s-early1970s. She comes to realize that Yoko Ono is more interesting than the Beatles, and that Beefheart is better than the radio. She goes on to form an all-female band called the Slits―with a punchy, versatile rhythm section, an eccentrically exuberant singer, and her own distinctively barbed punk-dub guitar―that put the boys to shame, in terms of shear creativity and subversive intelligence. Albertine’s story provides a street-level, girl’s-eye-view of a milieu remarkable for the creative forces fostered there. Her memories are well rendered, with wit and juice, and she is to be admired for her strength and perseverance, for living to tell and giving witness. And for the great music. ( )
1 vote HectorSwell | Feb 5, 2016 |
A bracingly fresh and honest memoir by one of the original punks. The story is chopped into short, energetic bursts, and spans Albertine's childhood, the punk era (including the formation and disintegration of her seminal band The Slits), time spent making films, marriage, motherhood, illness, divorce, a solo music career and so much more. It's all breathtakingly honest - you feel like no punches are pulled and her voice is smart, critical, funny and engaging. Really, really great. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
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"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 ... [Songwriter and musician] Viv Albertine's ... memoir is the story of an empowered woman staying true to herself and making it on her own in the modern world"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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