As for female speakers, this year we are proud to welcome Viv Albertine to talk to us about her time as a musician, filmmaker, artist and a guitarist for the all-female punk band The Slits. Viv joined The Slits in 1977, one of the most influential bands emerging from the famous punk era. As a songwriter and musician in The Slits and a confidante of the Clash and the Sex Pistols, she has been a dominant figure in British punk. In a male-dominated music era of the late 70s early 80s, The Slits produced three well received albums-Cut, The Slits/Bootleg Retrospective/Untitled and Return of the Giant Slits.
Viv is recognised as a fearless and cool individual, embodying self expression, a main punk principle. She featured in the film Exhibition by Joanna Hogg, often make-up free and naked. She began performing as a solo artist in 2009 touring with The Raincoats across America. Her solo E.P Fleshon was released in 2010. Last year Viv published her memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys to rave reviews.
Viv encompasses the attributes that all musicians and the industry alike would learn from, with her fresh, female perspective on punk to the Sound City Conference 2015.