"Enthusiastically chaotic...on the page she is wry and vibrant..."New York Times
"Brave and engaging."Kirkus Reviews
At the launch party for her memoir Clothes Music Boys in 2014, Viv Albertine received the news her mother was dying. She left the party immediately and spent a few final hours with a woman who had been an enormous presence and force in her life. In the weeks that followed, Viv was left with the task of sorting through her mother's affairs. In that process she came across one fatally curious item: a bag labelled "To throw away unopened".
This auspicious moment lies at the heart of Viv Albertine's second book, part memoir, part manifesto, part polemic in which she touches on sex, ageing, feminism (in all its guises) and other conundrums that characterize the 21st century life. It is a bold and unapologetic follow-up to a book which became a sensation by a musician and writer who sits at the heart of the counter-cultural landscape today as a celebrated and feted figure.
Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in cult female punk band The Slits. She was a key player in British counter-culture before her career in TV and film Directing. Her first solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012, and her memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys was a Sunday Times, Mojo, Rough Trade, and NME Book of the Year in 2014.
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"It's a book of odd and beautiful fragments, occasionally pictorial. Black and frank, but simultaneously light and glimmering."
"'Truth is splintered', Viv Albertine tells us. It’s through this splintering, I suspect, that she’s able to lay hold of so very many truths. I don't know any other writer who’s even half this honest - it’s this unsparing frankness that gives the book its lush power. Reading it I felt I was really out there on the ledge with her, feeling emboldened, and like both of us were a little less alone."