I remember being in early high school in 1990 and staying up one night to watch 120 mins on MTV and seeing the "Kool Thing" video on MTV and that songI remember being in early high school in 1990 and staying up one night to watch 120 mins on MTV and seeing the "Kool Thing" video on MTV and that song blew my mind, I rushed out to buy the "Goo" cassette, and my idolization of Kim Gordon began two and a half decades ago.
While the writing style of the book was a bit on the drier side with a very simple and straight-forward style (which made the book drag in some parts)- I did enjoy the very personal and vulnerable look into Kim Gordon's childhood, education, career with Sonic Youth and her both personal and professional relationship with her band-mate and former-husband Thurston Moore.
My favorite parts of the book was when she went into detail about the writing, recordings and meaning of various songs and especially the specifics of the art of the album covers. I played and listened to the songs discussed on my spotify while reading these sections for a more interactive experience, and to be able to reference the audio and the album images.
I particularly enjoyed her honesty and her not always positive options of other people in the scene. I feel like some people are too weary of ever saying a negative thing against anyone in print of their memoirs.
I would totally read a whole book about she and her brother Keller's teenage years in CA, or her parents' crew of intellectual friends who hung out in the summer in the 60s/70s.
The book made me wish I hadn't donated my X-Large shirt to the poor 3 years ago when it had shrank too much to wear....more
(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.
Probably the best book I read in 2007. If you love music this book is something you must read. I had never read something where the author just so perProbably the best book I read in 2007. If you love music this book is something you must read. I had never read something where the author just so perfectly describes what music means to me and how it factors into my life. Poignant, sweet and made me think about death in a way that someone my age normally doesn't. Bonus for the actual mix tape cassette covers with the tracklists that begin each chapter. ...more