In February this year I posted a list of my top ten rock/ music-related books biographies and autobiographies as a part of this blog’s tenth birthday celebrations. Click here to check it out. ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. : A Memoir’ by Viv Albertine was included in that list. It is easily among the best music-related autobiographies ever written. Well, I finally got around to reading the second autobiographical publication from Viv, ‘To Throw Away Unopened’ and it as least as good as the first, if not better. For me, an autobiography that combines brutal honesty, self-deprecation, love, rivalry and a really interesting life is likely to be good. This second volume of Viv’s life focusses on her relationships with family; her parents, her sister, and her daughter. It gives an insight into her struggles with cancer, relationships, and life in general. I get the impression that while Viv may not sometimes believe it she is a very strong woman who really knows who she is and what she is here for. She is a talented writer and performer and like all the best humans she has flaws alongside her strengths. We should take inspiration from the way she describes those flaws and how she deals with them or overcomes them.
Like many people, I loved the Slits, but Viv’s two books have opened up so much more about one of the people who was such an influence on feminism in rock music. Many of today’s female artists; the Tuts, Lily Allen, and Lauren Tate to name just a few owe a debt to Viv Albertine, even if they are unaware of it. Viv has an abundance of passion, compassion, exuberance and a love of life and she is a true original. She does not hide behind any kind of facade, she is who she is and proud of it. I love the way she deals with the death of her mother in the book, at times I was moved to tears and then a couple of pages later to laughter. ‘To Throw away Unopened’ along with ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. : A Memoir’ are without doubt two of the finest autobiographical works that I have ever read and not just in the music genre. Viv if you are ever in York I would love to sit down for a coffee with you, my treat, I believe that you are a truly great human being, and there aren’t too many of those these days. Thank you for the music and the writing, your talent has enriched this sad world.
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