Lonely Boy

Lonely Boy

Tales From A Sex Pistol

Book - 2017
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Without the Sex Pistols there would be no punk. And without Steve Jones there would be no Sex Pistols. It was Steve who, with his schoolmate Paul Cook, formed the band that eventually went on to become the Sex Pistols and who was its original leader. As the world celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk--the influence and cultural significance of which is felt in music, fashion, and the visual arts to this day--Steve tells his story for the very first time.

Steve Jones's modern Dickensian tale began in the street of Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush, West London, where as a lonely, neglected boy living off his wits and petty thievery he was given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music. He became one of the first generation of ragamuffin punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

In Lonely Boy , Steve describes the sadness of never having known his real dad, the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, and how his interest in music and fashion saved him from a potential life of crime spent in remand centers and prisons. He takes readers on his journey from the Kings Road of the early '70s through the years of the Sex Pistols, punk rock, and the recording of "Anarchy in the UK" and Never Mind the Bollocks . He recounts his infamous confrontation on Bill Grundy's Today program--the interview that ushered in the "Filth and the Fury" headlines that catapulted punk into the national consciousness. And he delves into the details of his self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles, where he battled alcohol, heroin, and sex addiction but eventually emerged to gain fresh acclaim as an actor and radio host.

Lonely Boy is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, transformed twentieth-century culture and kick-started a social revolution.
Publisher: Boston, MA :, Da Capo Press,, 2017
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306824814
Branch Call Number: ANF 787.87166 JON
Characteristics: ix, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Ben 1973-- Author


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Oct 11, 2018

"The Sex Pistols were born to crash and burn, and that's exactly what we did."
For a band that was only around for a few years and released only one proper album, the Sex Pistols are one of the most exhaustively documented bands in rock. I think I've seen 4 films about them and read 5 books about them, and I actually prefer the Clash. There's no denying the seismic impact they had on the British punk scene and, really, it begins with them. Lead singer Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) has written a book (2 actually), as has erstwhile bassist Glen Matlock, who was unceremoniously booted before the band got huge, so I suppose it was guitarist Steve Jones's turn. Don't look for much insight or depth here, as it's a very shallow account of his life and work. I've read enough of these books to realize that almost all of them follow the same rise-fall-recover trajectory and "Lonely Boy" is no exception. Like so many musicians, he struggled with addictions. But, mostly, it seems like he likes to have sex with "birds." A better title would be "Fancy a Shag?" A far more intellectual and comprehensive look at the band is Jon Savage's essential "England's Dreaming."

Sep 11, 2018

Candid. Although a frank memoir of his time the Sex Pistols, to me this book came across as a one of the more useful inspirations for anyone dealing with substance abuse issues.

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