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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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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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  • the owl service.
  • 02-24-19

"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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  • Venta
  • 01-30-19

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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  • C. Johnston
  • 12-11-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-19

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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  • Gs Greaves
  • 04-24-19

leaves a bad taste

Interesting in parts, and kudos for honesty, but I finished this book really disliking Viv Albertine a lot. Seems like a bit of an entitled ungrateful whiney sort of person that slept her way to fame and comfort and blames men for unhappyness and blames her father for her weak character. Doesn't even dignify her 17 year meal-ticket husband by using his name in this book. Calls him 'the husband' and blames his hard working and him building her a house for the demise of her marrige whilst shes off in tryna shag someone else. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

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  • JohnW
  • 02-22-19

Glad it eventually came out as an audiobook

I'm a listener not a reader so even though I'd heard and seen many reviews of this book when it came out (and bought the solo album that came out at the same time), I've only now caught up with this as an audiobook.
The book is really interesting and filled in a lot of holes in the various story threads that I read in music papers at the time. Viv's only a couple of years older than me so much of the early stuff rang very true.
Generally I thought the narration was excellent but ultimately it was the one thing that really grated about the book was the mispronunciation of some of the key players names, the main ones were Palmolive and Poly Styrene surely it's possible to make sure the narrator knows these things before starting out.
Overall - recommended and I'll be downloading Viv's second book soon.

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  • Sarah Power
  • 01-10-19

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 *