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Talk British Library - Viv Albertine and Tracey Thorn

British Library - Viv Albertine and Tracey Thorn

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Two women who made their names in music discuss their memoirs with Anita Sethi

New second memoirs by Viv Albertine and Tracey Thorn are among the most compelling of recent years. Albertine’s To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless examination of the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. Thorn’s Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia revisits her upbringing amid the Green Belt post-war dream which is at the same time surreal and intensely normal.

They talk to Anita Sethi about their shared and contrasting approach to memory and the stories of pain, joy and the everyday that make up life.

Viv Albertine, songwriter and musician, was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, Viv was a key player in British punk culture. Alongside The Slits, she collaborated with numerous musicians, including Adrian Sherwood, before marking out a career in television and film production. After a hiatus of twenty-five years, Viv's first solo album, The Vermillion Border, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim, and her award winning first memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys was published in 2014.

Tracey Thorn is a singer-songwriter and writer, best known for her seventeen years in bestselling duo Everything But The Girl. She grew up as the youngest of three children in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, where she l

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Tue 26 Mar 2019, 7:00pm

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