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Lauren Laverne interviews Viv Albertine at the Free Thinking Festival for the first edition of BBC Radio 4’s Late Night Woman’s Hour to be recorded in front of an audience.
Guitarist in pioneering all-female punk band The Slits, whose 1979 album Cut is frequently voted one of the most influential albums of all time, Viv Albertine’s autobiography is called Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys. She hasn’t always had an easy relationship with her punk past, and didn’t tell her daughter about it for many years. Following the breakup of The Slits, Albertine briefly worked as an aerobics instructor before going on to film-making, acting (she took a lead role in Joanna Hogg’s 2013 film Exhibition) and a solo recording career (debut solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012).
When her autobiography was first published, with its frank reflections on (amongst other things) masturbation, sex, the punk ethos, IVF, and marriage, Albertine confessed to journalist Alexis Petridis that she worried “have I gone too far? I always go too far.”
Nevertheless, she argues, honesty and a willingness to get things wrong have always been central to her creativity: “I want (young women) to see how often you have to fail to be anything in life.”
For your information…
- A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.
- A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
- Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.
Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.
Join leading thinkers as they slow down to examine The Speed of Life. Former Formula One racing driver Damon Hill OBE, Harriet Harman MP, former health minister Edwina Currie, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, author Sathnam Sanghera, poet Simon Armitage, songwriter Richard Hawley,...