Clothes Boys Music by Viv Albertine

Clothes Boys Music
Clothes Boys Music

Recommended by Dawn Renton

This book was a Christmas present from a rather lovely chap and straight from page one, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down.

Which is exactly what you want in a book isn’t it?

Viv Albertine was the guitarist in punk band, The Slits and this book details her life from an angsty youngster growing up in London to a proud mother and everything else that happened in between.

A fascinating, some times harrowing but always a brutely honest read, it covers her time in The Slits, her relationships with the band members, her family and fellow musicians, (who dumps The Clash’s Mick Jones for Johnny Thunders? You just wouldn’t!) and how and why she left the band that made her a household name, and how she eventually drifted back into the world of music.

The book is a must for fans of Viv and/or The Slits and music in general but it is also for those that want an insight into what life was like in an all-girl punk band living the dream and how they paved the way for others to follow them.