Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
Why this book?
I absolutely loved this book so much that I read it three times. I think that Viv Albertine is one of the most influential women in music. She deserves so much more credit than she has ever gotten. Viv Albertine’s describes her time as lead guitarist playing with the all-female band The Slits from the UK. We follow young Viv as she rejects the repressive notions of the time of what it meant to be a female.
The Slits were an integral part of the 1970s punk scene in the UK alongside bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols. We follow her escapades running the back alleys of London; hooking up with boys; breaking hearts; defining what was punk; making her own clothes; hanging out at the sex shop owned by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Mclaren; and surviving on the streets where it was much more dangerous to be a female. For anyone who thinks outside the box you will laugh, cry, be astonished, and impressed by this inspirational story. One female voice can reverberate for generations.