(I received the book for free through Goodreads First Read giveaway--thank you St. Martin's Press!)
I really loved this book. While it wasn't the best(I received the book for free through Goodreads First Read giveaway--thank you St. Martin's Press!)
I really loved this book. While it wasn't the best written memoir I had ever read as far as technical writing style, it just really resonated with me as a woman and music fanatic. But do not be mistaken that this book is only for girls as the title may sway you to believe, it is for any music lover, especially the British punk scene of the 70s.
Anyone who loves music, music history,the UK, feminism, CLOTHES, BOYS and MUSIC will fall for Viv and this book. It is written in very simple, straight-forward style and frank short chapters that run through Viv Albertine's entire life. She has lived a life that was exciting and the people she has known, shaped, performed-with, romanced and influenced are many and worth the journey with her back into her history.
I learned more about key music figures and the 70s punk music scene then I had known before, about their personalities and inter-group workings. This book is reminiscent of Patti Smith's "Just Kids" in that it is an insiders first hand tale of a woman breaking into a male dominated scene and the friendships and determination it took, while being a time capsule and love note to the past and deserves a place in history. Viv's story is one of a period in the UK that no longer exists but the first hand description of the shows and people and evolution of some legends are touching as they are personal.
While the first part of the book describes her childhood, her love of music and being in the Slits, the second half of the book is much more touching in her discussing her reinvention of herself after the punk scene was petering out in the early 80s as a student, director, wife and mother. What got to me the most is Viv's candid discussion of her battles with marriage problems, infertility, miscarriages and cervical cancer. Viv is really inspiring and was a trailblazer for women, for music and fashion. But she is very open about her insecurities, failures and mistakes she has made, even maybe more so than her successes.
I got an advanced readers copy so many of the photos were still pending photo permission, but I want to see more of them.
I have read every book JC has written and this one was great! I can't even begin to think about what will happen once there will be no more new JackieI have read every book JC has written and this one was great! I can't even begin to think about what will happen once there will be no more new Jackie Collins books to read. No one does it like Jackie!...more
What I learned from this book is that I am too old to be reading books about high school girls, I just cant relate. Read at your own risk. A guy was ovWhat I learned from this book is that I am too old to be reading books about high school girls, I just cant relate. Read at your own risk. A guy was over my apaartment and saw that I was reading this book and mercilessly mocked me. It was deserved....more
Ok, so I read Twilight, and finished it last night, at parts I enjoyed it, but overall it didn't live up to the hype. I knew full well that it is romaOk, so I read Twilight, and finished it last night, at parts I enjoyed it, but overall it didn't live up to the hype. I knew full well that it is romance that has no grounds in the real world, but I think that it is more likely that vampires atually exist then "true love"/romance exists like it does in this book. If we went back in time to my 13 year old, un-jaded barbie playing self I would find this book the most amazing thing ever, but the me today just can't get that into it.
If you removed the line "I will love you forever" from every place it is in the book, the book would be at least 14 pages shorter. I fear it is setting up a generation of young girls to have completely unrealistic expectations in men and romance.
I thought that the book would get much better and exciting after the "tracker" vampire showed up in the plot but if anything Stephanie Meyer, whose imagination is deeper then her actual writing talents, wrote in manner that was confusing and the plot became unnecessarily hard to follow for something seemingly straightforward.
I enjoyed the first half of the book with the suspense and setting up of the characters more then I enjoyed the book once Bella and Edward became a couple. I was hoping for more vampire lore and action and less love which was my fault I guess, as I should have known better. The people who convinced me to read it told me book two is their favorite so I will read that and then see if I continue on after that. I think it just maybe that since I am REALLY REALLY REALLY not a romance novel kind of reader that I will never be into this series of books like some other people are....more