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Viv Albertine. Born Sydney, Australia. French/Corsican father, Swiss mother. Brought up in North London (Muswell Hill). Quite poor. Comprehensive school. Favourite subjects, buying records; clothes, boys, art, English. Age17 went to art school. Dropped out and worked at Dingwalls, music venue Camden Town. Went to another art school met Mick Jones, saw The Sex Pistols first show. Bought Horses, Patti Smith. Dropped out. Bought Les Paul Junior with £200 my grandmother left me. Formed a band with Sid Vicious… read more

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  • Avatar for pinkpressthreat
    @Tamahone: No doubt you'd have been one of the blokes telling The Slits they "should know better" back in 1977 if you'd been there. I saw Viv at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar last year and she was superb. And "literally hiding in the bogs"..? In a word, sad XD
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    Sorry but I have to second the previous comment. I thought it was a pisstake - there were literally people hiding in the bogs who came back upstairs once she'd finished. :(
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    Some people should have stayed as a rose tinted memory of the '70s. One of the worst live performances I've ever seen from someone who should have known far better.
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    Viv is playing the ATP curated by Matt Groening festival this May:
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    Hey Viv, good to see you're still making music. Met you briefly in Aberdeen in 1979-ish when you played with the Slits. All the best with it all.
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    Damn she had the best teachers in everything.

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