- Publisher: Faber and Faber (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571297757
- ISBN-13: 978-0571297757
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Paperback – 2014
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"Finished superb memoir #clothesmusicboys by @viv_albertine last night. Wonderful book - entertaining, moving, sad, amusing, profound"
And I don't need to say a lot more - it was really was that good. Viv Albertine was the guitarist of iconic 1970s English punk band The Slits. When that band broke up, she disappeared into a marriage in which her creativity wasted away. This is the story of how she got to that point and how she resumed her creative life after 25 years' obscurity. It's also the story of some very bad (and some very good) choices, taken with a fierce commitment to independence, and the emotional price she has had to pay for that independence.
Along the way, there are fascinating portraits of Sid Vicious, John Lydon, Mick Jones, Ari Up and many other famous figures of the punk era; unexpected connections with musicians and actors as diverse as Steve Howe of Yes and Tom Hiddleston; and the voice of a fine storyteller. This is, so far, my favourite book of 2014.
The gangs all here; sex, drugs, rock and roll, but that’s only a part of it. After the days of punk ,The Slits, and notoriety had faded, Albertine tackled the next stage of her life, one in which she tried to have something approaching normalcy, only to find herself beset by a host of physical maladies which left her an empty and depressed shell of the renegade she once was. It’s in this second half of the book that the reader is jettisoned from appreciative fan to empathetic confidant, a powerful transformation to be certain.
Throughout her tale, the author is relentlessly, brutally, and heartbreakingly honest. It’s easily the most intimate autobiography I’ve read, one in which the reader isn’t just consuming the sterile recounting of actions, but rather becoming enmeshed in a spellbinding, painful, and wry confessional. It’s essentially linear, but has some disjointed chapters that seem to have no purpose save to give you one more anecdote or life observation. I can best compare it to a long conversation with someone wherein the drinks or drugs flow, the talk rambles, and nobody is bored. Hers is a story as unique as she, but it’s her ability to unflinchingly express the raw innermost thoughts she was experiencing during those moments that make this book so special, so personal, and so endearing.Read more ›
I know only a little about the 1970s musical era in this memoir, but that didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. Viv's drive to learn, to play, to experience music and life is timeless. For the first part of the book, Viv is young, reckless, and free, surrounded by music and boys. In the second half of the story, a more mature Viv has sought out stability, created a family, and struggled with her health. But underneath her carefully constructed life, there is still a flicker of desire to be more, do more, and learn more.
Clothes, Music, Boys is a well-written and engaging memoir. One doesn't need to be a fan of 1970s music, early punk fashion, or girl bands to appreciate the coming of age story of a creative, sometimes lost, woman.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a huge fan of The Slits but great to read a different perspective away from the usual suspects of the punk era and the answer that Ms Albertine gave regarding who she wanted to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic book! Loved how honest and open she was about her life. I enjoyed revisiting that time period because I am in her age group.Published 3 months ago by Metrokitty
Honest, forthright and bold Ms. Albertine shares her life experiences from a viewpoint too rare from women in print. I enjoyed it more on the second read. Highly recommendedPublished 6 months ago by timothy f baker
I'm not a fan of punk music, so I'm not really sure why I picked up this book to read. but I'm sure glad I did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lif Cory Strand
Finished couple days ago, the hardback. I have a Kindle but this would be a lot better in hardback because of the scores of great photographs you really do want to see. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Musicant
One of the best memoirs I've read in some time. She goes into such great detail, and is clearly so smart -- and she also lets the reader see into her developing mind, her growing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan K. Noel
This is one of the best rock autobiographies I have ever read. Everyone I know should read this. That is all.Published 6 months ago by Robert C Berger