To Throw Away Unopened: A Memoir (Hardcover)
This could be the best memoir I’ve read. Albertine's frankness and perspective ring so true it’s like being able to breathe again. Viv is known for fronting the groundbreaking all-female post-punk band The Slits, but this is her story later in life, in middle age, reckoning with the loss of her mother and lifelong confidant. With a depth of perspective that gives voice to women everywhere, her stories and truth-telling kick down the door, unashamed and beautiful.— From Gena
NPR BOOK OF THE YEAR AS HEARD ON NPR'S FRESH AIR "Enthusiastically chaotic...on the page she is wry and vibrant..."--New York Times "Brave and engaging."--Kirkus Reviews At the launch party for her memoir Clothes Music Boys in 2014, Viv Albertine received the news her mother was dying. She left the party immediately and spent a few final hours with a woman who had been an enormous presence and force in her life. In the weeks that followed, Viv was left with the task of sorting through her mother's affairs. In that process she came across one fatally curious item: a bag labelled "To throw away unopened". This auspicious moment lies at the heart of Viv Albertine's second book, part memoir, part manifesto, part polemic in which she touches on sex, ageing, feminism (in all its guises) and other conundrums that characterize the 21st century life. It is a bold and unapologetic follow-up to a book which became a sensation by a musician and writer who sits at the heart of the counter-cultural landscape today as a celebrated and feted figure.
About the Author
Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in cult female punk band The Slits. She was a key player in British counter-culture before her career in TV and film Directing. Her first solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012, and her memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys was a Sunday Times, Mojo, Rough Trade, and NME Book of the Year in 2014.