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

Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

Sunday Times Music Book of the Year 

Rough Trade Book of the Year 

Mojo Book of the Year

In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music, but it never occurred to her she could be in a band, as she couldn't play an instrument, and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar.

A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a remarkable memoir.

©2018 Viv Albertine (P)2018 Faber Audio

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"Not unless he wants to xxxx his mother" Shocking

A compelling book, and a story of survival. Especially the horror of her husband's words "not unless he wants to xxx his mother" when she tries to talk about her emotional closeness to another man. The sadness of two doctors who abused her, one emotionally - a Dr Shah who says "your husband doesn't love you" and another doctor who sexually abuses her, amid cancer terror. The sheer amount of cruelty that goes along with Viv Albertine's life, along with her own creativity, her own positive response and inevitable depression..... its just very compelling and challenging. Its a book that needs a few listens. I have to say that Jasmine Blackborow is excellent as a reader. She really is the best that I've heard. It is not HER fault that she pronounces Gill Scott Heron as JILL Scott Heron. It is not HER fault that she pronounces Polly Styrene, as Powe-leee…. The fault lies with those involved in the production of this audio book - presumably they were too lazy to research via youtube, into the era of this music and listen to interviews and thereby get the pronunciation right. How awful for Albertine to have written an excellent book, only to be let down by shoddy producers of the audio book.... !!!! How awful for us to have to cringe while we listen to it. Not the fault of the narrator. The fault lies with lazy producers.

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Sounds like a novel

I didn't know much about this era and the sub-culture so it was an eye opener and I think I found it a bit shocking. I was engaged from start to finish and was entertained and amused. I didn't get the amoral attitudes, or was it a laissez faire way of life being depicted? Maybe the second book will explore the author's feelings and attitudes but I don't know if i'll get round to listening to more. It was a great listen though and a brilliant narration

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A joyous read

I know little to nothing about the punk era but my husband said I would enjoy this and he was right. It’s a brilliant life story and later, a great account of a more mature woman still striving for her own identity and all the good stuff she deserves. Fantastic book!

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A refreshingly honest perspective.

A great book, reminded of my younger times and the confusion. Thankfully Viv has pulled through the early bit and the grown up bit and still has a great perspective on art, creativity and how women can be excluded from this process in tiny ways that demean and belittle.

I also agree also with her opening about aging musos writing autobiographies. Absolutely true but we are all twats in our own run down little ways. Nice to be reminded of it.

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Brilliant story.

What an inspirational story. Heartfelt, honest and a great read. Describes everything life has to throw, good and bad. Highly recommended.

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Do you remember your whole life ?

The book could be cut in half , too much detail, great if there was an abridged version

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Classy, Brilliant, Moving

Viv Abertine is an extrodinary, brave but normal woman who has led an extrodinary, brave, determined life. A nostalgic, strikingly fierce, warm read. Could not put down. Would miss Viv in my life right now so straight into To Through Away Unopened. *Thanks Viv, you'll never know how much your words have propelled me *

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Disappointing

Maybe wrong choice if book fir me. I found it childish in places, could have been better edited.
Selection of quotes was good.

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What a storyteller

Honest warm funny thought provoking sad defiant well written and engaging great book Thoroughly recommended

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honestly brilliant

instantly intriguing
a modest reflection/ insight to the punk movement.
without glamourising. brilliantly well spoken