"I count in the first song and off we go. . ." writes
In retrospect, the Slits were perhaps the most subversive punk group of all: four unruly girls - Ari, Tessa, Viv and Palmolive - high on attitude and a shared sense of possibility. Their adventures, musical and otherwise, are at the heart of this searingly honest memoir by their lead guitarist.
Albertine writes well about the fledgling
But Albertine's writing really comes alive when she describes the thrill of being a Slit. Their very presence antagonised male roadies, promoters and hoteliers wherever they went. At the centre of the mayhem was untamable lead singer, the late
The book takes an even more confessional turn as Albertine leaves the Slits behind. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did adapt to life after punk, attending film school and working as a promo video producer. Her struggle to conceive through IVF treatment is rendered powerfully, as is the diagnosis of cervical cancer that came soon after her daughter was born: "I can't ever go back to the well side. And I'm glad. . . People who haven't seen the other side, or aren't close to someone who has - they seem a bit half-baked to me. Lifeless."
When the Slits reformed in 2006, Albertine instead moved to Hastings to recover and raise her child. Then, as her marriage floundered, she started writing songs again. A series of solo albums followed and, as I write, she is being acclaimed for her role in
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