She was brought up in North London, attended comprehensive school in Muswell Hill, and at seventeen enrolled in the Hornsey School of Artist
She lives in Hackney, London. In 1976, while still studying at Chelsea, she helped form the early punk band The Flowers of Romance. Albertine joined The Slits as the band"s guitarist after founding member Kate Korus left in 1977.
The Clash"s 1979 song "Train in Vain" has been interpreted by some as a response to "Typical Girls" by The Slits, which mentions girls standing by their mentor
She split up with songwriter Mick Jones shortly before he wrote the song. She appeared as a guest guitarist on the Flying Lizards" debut album, as well as Singers & Players" 1982 album Revenge of the Underdog.
After The Slits disbanded in 1982, Albertine studied filmmaking in London. She worked as a director, mostly for television, throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s.
Her freelance directing work included stints with the British Broadcasting Corporation and the British Film Institute.
In 2009, Albertine began performing as a solo artist. Her debut gig was at The Windmill, Brixton, on 20 September 2009. She went on to tour the United States of America opening for The Raincoats.
In March 2010, she released a four-song debut solo East.P. titled Flesh on Thurston Moore"s Ecstatic Peace! label.
Albertine recorded a cover version of David Bowie"s Letter to Hermione for the Bowie tribute album We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie which was released on 6 September 2010. Her debut solo album, The Vermilion Border, was released on 5 November 2012 through the Cadiz Music label.
The album was a featured project on Pledgemusic. On 17 June 2013, Albertine opened for Siouxsie Sioux at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Albertine"s memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes.
Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys, was published in 2014 in the United Kingdom by Faber and Faber. In 1991, Albertine wrote and directed the short film Coping with Cupid, a film about three aliens as blondes that come to earth to research romantic love.
In 2010, she worked with Joanna Hogg on the soundtrack to Hogg"s 2010 film Archipelago.
In 2012, she started filming with writer/director Hogg on the 2013 film Exhibition alongside Tom Hiddleston and Liam Gillick. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2013, and was released on Digital Video Disc in 2014.
While continuing as a key member of The Slits, Albertine contributed guitar and vocal work to The 49 Americans 1980 album East Pluribus Unum.