Lonely Boy

Lonely Boy

Tales From A Sex Pistol

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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. This is a memoir by the guitarist of the punk pioneers the Sex Pistols.
The Sex Pistols transformed twentieth-century culture and kick-started a social revolution. On the 40th anniversary of punk, Jones takes readers on his journey from the Kings Road of the early '70s through the years of the Sex Pistols and punk rock. 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.
Publisher: Philadelphia, A : Da Capo Press, 2017
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780306824814
Branch Call Number: 787.8709 JONES
Characteristics: ix, 308 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Ben
Hynde, Chrissie
Alternative Title: Tales from a Sex Pistol


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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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