Clothes, Clothes, Clothes

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes

Music, Music, Music : Boys, Boys, Boys : A Memoir

Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition
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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"
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250065995
Branch Call Number: 784.092 AL147C 2014
Characteristics: ix, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 03, 2015

This is a great book, honest and true to the punk sensibility.

May 21, 2015

". . .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."

Mar 01, 2015

Great book, quite an easy read. Either she kept a journal or has an amazing memory, not sure which. I was never a fan of the Slits so I am not too familiar with their music. I loved the first hand account of the punk rock scene from an insider. The second half of the book is a look at her life post Slits which is equally interesting. Quite a brave story.

Jan 26, 2015

This book is interesting for three reasons. First of all, if you're into punk music like The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees or the Sex Pistols then you will want to hear Albertine reminisce about that scene.

Secondly, for feminism this book is a force of nature that describes what exactly a woman born in 1954 would come up against when she set out to play woman centered music.

The third interesting aspect to this book is the deliciously free-spirited artistic sensibility that the narrator brings to the page. Albertine succinctly states her own truth as well as providing a context that acknowledges the mores of the time and the 20/20 vision of hindsight. Told in very short chapters, this book has an unpolished and vulnerable feeling as if your cool older cousin is telling you all her secrets.


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