by Viv Albertine - £6.99 Faber & Faber (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571351343 | ISBN 10: 0571351344
In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-female punk band, the Slits. This is the story of how, through sheer will, talent and fearlessness, she forced herself on to a male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.
Everything is here, unvarnished and unwashed: art school, squatting, hanging out in Sex with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, spending a day chained to Sid Vicious, on tour with The Clash, and being part of a brilliant, pioneering group of women making musical history.
The result is a raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers, and a candid account of what happened post-punk, taking in a career in film, IVF, illness, divorce - and making music again, twenty-five years later.
This is a truly remarkable memoir, told in Viv's frank, irreverent and distinctive voice. Utterly shocking, very funny and ruthlessly honest, it is the story of a life lived unscripted, told from the heart.
(Price & availability last checked: May 2019)
In booklists: Women in Music, Biography and Autobiography, Women's Biography and Autobiography, Music Memoirs and Biographies, Punk and Post-Punk, In categories: Feminism & Women, Music & Performing Arts, History & Biography,