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

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Faber & Faber, May 12, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Viv Albertine is one of a handful of original punks who changed music, and the discourse around it, forever. In Clothes ... Music ... Boys a story hitherto dominated by male voices is recast through the eyes of one of the most glamorous, uncompromising and iconic figures of the time.

After forming The Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious in 1976, Viv joined The Slits and made musical history as one of the first generation of punk bands. Here 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, the hard lessons learnt and those not considered. From Madonna to Lady Gaga, fashion to feminims, Viv Albertine has influenced a range of exceptional artists. Here, before and beyond the break-up of The Slits in 1982, is the full story of a life lived unscripted, with foolishness, bravery and great emotional honesty.

A memoir full of raw and uncompromising anecdote and opinion, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys is an unflinching account of a life lived on the frontiers of experience, by a true pioneer.

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User Review  - LARA335 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

What an incredible woman. This was more than I was expecting it to be. I thought it would be a whip through the punk years - fun, feisty and inconsequential. Instead, it's a beautifully written and ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in cult female punk band The Slits. She was a key player in British counter-culture before her career in TV and film Directing. Her first solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012, and her memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys was a Sunday Times, Mojo, Rough Trade, and NME Book of the Year in 2014, as well as being shortlisted for the National Book Awards.

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