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

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

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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250065995
1250065992
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 AL147A 2014
Characteristics: ix, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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RoyalJellyIII
Mar 04, 2020

This book is for anyone interested in punk rock, music, other art, doing things without worrying (or worrying and doing it anyway), and just about every other theme that has anything to do with life, living with your choices and yourself, and finding happiness in spite of everything, including yourself. Truly inspirational. Can't recommend it enough.

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HollyMc31
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.

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bunnyhead
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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