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"Every cell in my body was steeped in music, but it never occurred to me that I could be in a band, not in a million years - why would it? Who'd done it before me? There was no one I could identify with. No girls played electric guitar. Especially not ordinary girls like me."

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.

This book giveaway is sponsored by
Faber & Faber Publishing


About the author

Viv Albertine


Viv Albertine grew up in London. In 1976, while studying at Chelsea School of Art, she formed the Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious, and joined the Slits in 1977. After a career as a filmmaker, she is now back making art and music. She lives in London with her daughter.

  To find out more about Viv Albertine, visit the Faber Social website here, or follow @FaberSocial and @viv_albertine on twitter.



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