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Punk, punk, memoir, memoir: Viv Albertine takes center stage
Punk, punk, memoir, memoir: Viv Albertine takes center stage

Clothes, music and boys are indeed explored throughout "Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.," Viv Albertine's memoir of a life spent at the center of the British punk rock movement. But mounds of fabric, vinyl and flesh are hardly what makes "Clothes, Clothes, Clothes..." such a joy. The lessons in proper spitting technique, taught to Albertine by her friend Sid Vicious, are essential to any self-respecting gutter punk. The long love affair between our heroine and Mick Jones, singer and guitarist for the Clash, delivers a bittersweet tone akin to "Train in Vain," the band's hit, written about Albertine. The safety-pinned...

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