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Shortlisted for the UK National Book Award in the Popular Nonfiction Book category

Viv Albertine is a pioneer. As lead guitarist and songwriter for the seminal band The Slits, she influenced a future generation of artists including Kurt Cobain and Carrie Brownstein. She formed a band with Sid Vicious and was there the night he met Nancy Spungeon. She tempted Johnny Thunders…toured America with the Clash…dated Mick Jones…and inspired the classic Clash anthem “Train in Vain.” But Albertine was no mere muse. In Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys., Albertine delivers a unique and unfiltered look at a traditionally male-dominated scene.

Her story is so much more than a music memoir. Albertines narrative is nothing less than a fierce correspondence from a life on the fringes of culture. The author recalls rebelling from conformity and patriarchal society ever since her days as an adolescent girl in the same London suburb of Muswell Hill where the Kinks formed. With brash honesty—and an unforgiving memory—Albertine writes of immersing herself into punk culture among the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks. Of her devastation when the Slits broke up and her reinvention as a director and screenwriter. Or abortion, marriage, motherhood, and surviving cancer. Navigating infidelity and negotiating divorce. And launching her recent comeback as a solo artist with her debut album, The Vermilion Border.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is 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. But even more profoundly, Viv Albertines remarkable memoir is the story of an empowered woman staying true to herself and making it on her own in the modern world.

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"An undercurrent of low self-esteem runs through this episodic, mannered memoir by former punk rocker Albertine, guitarist for the Slits. In spare, frank prose, she recounts her early infatuation with Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten, her success as a guitarist in an unheard-of all-girl band in the late 1970s, and her later troubles, when her marriage failed and her career stalled out. Growing up in the 1960s in Muswell Hill, North London, as the child of an unstable marriage, Albertine found a revolutionary, exciting 'new world' in music by John Lennon and the Kinks. Her Corsican-born father criticized her when she announced that she wanted to be a pop singer: 'You're not chic enough.' So she settled for being a groupie: cadging fab clothes from Kensington Market ('glam rock'), attending Hornsey Art School, and dating Mick Jones of the Clash, who helped her buy her first guitar. Dressed in tattered punk wear from the Sex shop at the end of King's Road, she played with Sid in her first band, Flowers of Romance. Once Sid drifted to the Sex Pistols, Albertine joined the Slits, fronted by the classically trained 15-year-old, Ari Up. Albertine tracks the halcyon days of the band, touring and recording, which lasted until Tessa Pollitt's overdose in 1982. In 'Side Two' of her memoir, Albertine writes about years of uneven romance, trying to get pregnant, and trying to find fulfillment as a Hastings 'housewife.' At the end of this bold, empowering work, Albertine returns to playing guitar to give her life direction again. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 Vivs frank, irreverent, and distinctive voice, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a raw, thrilling story of life on the frontier.

About the Author

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, Viv was a key player in British punk culture. Alongside The Slits, she collaborated with numerous musicians, including Adrian Sherwood, before marking out a career in television and film production. After a hiatus of twenty-five years, Viv's first solo album, The Vermillion Border, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim.

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lukas, May 21, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
". . .John Lennon, Yoko Ono, the Kinks, the possible female in Third Ear Band, the untrained female drummer in Kokomo, Sandie Shaw, Suzi Quatro, Emma Peel, the two girls in the Incredible String Band, Patti Smith, Mick Jones, Johnny Rotten, my love of music. . .
. . .This is it. At least, I see not only the other universe I've always wanted to be part of, but the bridge to it."
Even if the name Viv Albertine isn't immediately familiar, anyone with a moderate interest in British punk and post-punk will be familiar with her various projects and associations. She was in Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious before he joined the Sex Pistols, she dated the Clash's Mick Jones, who wrote "Train in Vain" about her, she was the guitarist in the short-lived, but enormously influential all female post-punk band The Slits (see: "Cut"), she shopped at Sex, the punk boutique run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, and she shot heroin with Johnny Thunders. Oh, she also had a fling with Vincent Gallo, but that seems way less cool. Punk, maybe more so in England than America, opened doors for female musicians and Albertine's forthright memoir, written in short, impressionistic chapters, details her upbringing, her obsessions with the three title objects, and her post-Slits life and career. At the center of the London punk and post-punk explosion, she interacted with nearly every interesting figure of the time, from Johnny Rotten to Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex). If there's a fault, it's that it's far less engaging once she's left the Slits and the second half drags a bit. Of recent rock memoirs, it's not quite as good as ones by Richard Hell or Kim Gordon, but any fan of the punk era will greatly enjoy the snapshot of an amazing period in music. "The typical girl gets the typical boy."
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Leslie Richman, July 26, 2014 (view all comments by Leslie Richman)
Courageous, inspiring, and down to earth! View Albertine' s book is chock full of good stories- especially for fans of fashion and music. She goes into delicious detail about the people and experiences in her life, and provides the soundtrack and wardrobe to go along. Recognizable cultural names like Sid Vicious, Biba, The Clash, Vivienne Westwood, Poly Styrene, Patti Smith, and many more are covered, but the story never loses its very approachable and personal quality. Highly recommended for music fans, culture junkies, and anyone appreciative of the transformative power of reinvention.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250065995
Author:
Albertine, Viv
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Punk
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Publication Date:
20141131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 67 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An undercurrent of low self-esteem runs through this episodic, mannered memoir by former punk rocker Albertine, guitarist for the Slits. In spare, frank prose, she recounts her early infatuation with Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten, her success as a guitarist in an unheard-of all-girl band in the late 1970s, and her later troubles, when her marriage failed and her career stalled out. Growing up in the 1960s in Muswell Hill, North London, as the child of an unstable marriage, Albertine found a revolutionary, exciting 'new world' in music by John Lennon and the Kinks. Her Corsican-born father criticized her when she announced that she wanted to be a pop singer: 'You're not chic enough.' So she settled for being a groupie: cadging fab clothes from Kensington Market ('glam rock'), attending Hornsey Art School, and dating Mick Jones of the Clash, who helped her buy her first guitar. Dressed in tattered punk wear from the Sex shop at the end of King's Road, she played with Sid in her first band, Flowers of Romance. Once Sid drifted to the Sex Pistols, Albertine joined the Slits, fronted by the classically trained 15-year-old, Ari Up. Albertine tracks the halcyon days of the band, touring and recording, which lasted until Tessa Pollitt's overdose in 1982. In 'Side Two' of her memoir, Albertine writes about years of uneven romance, trying to get pregnant, and trying to find fulfillment as a Hastings 'housewife.' At the end of this bold, empowering work, Albertine returns to playing guitar to give her life direction again. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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 Vivs frank, irreverent, and distinctive voice, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a raw, thrilling story of life on the frontier.

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