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Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol (Soon to be a limited series directed by Danny Boyle) Paperback – 5 Oct. 2017
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SOON TO BE A LIMITED SERIES DIRECTED BY DANNY BOYLE
Foreword by Chrissie Hynde
Without the Sex Pistols there would be no punk rock, and without Steve Jones there would be no Sex Pistols.
It was Steve who formed Kutie Jones and his Sex Pistols, the band that eventually went on to become the Sex Pistols, with his schoolmate Paul Cook 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.
Rising from the streets of Hammersmith, Steve Jones was once a lonely, neglected boy living off his wits and petty thievery. Given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music, he became one of the first generation of punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. For the very first time Steve describes the neglect and 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.
From the Kings Road of the early seventies, through the years of the Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and the recording of Never Mind the Bollocks (ranked number 41 in Rolling Stone magazine's Best Albums of All Time), to his self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles where he battled with alcohol, heroin and sex addiction - caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse - Lonely Boy, written with music journalist and author Ben Thompson, is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, changed history.
The Sex Pistols guitarist details his life – an impoverished Sixties childhood, sexual abuse and dalliances with crime – in a way that is both moving and candid. ― Telegraph, 'Top 50 Books of the Year'
The Pistols’ story, retold refreshingly and with added rumpage … What’s special about this book is its story arc, which will make the most hardened punk well up … A poignant, honest, drily humorous rump-fest from a lost soul found. ― Mojo
[An] absolute riot of revelation…[Jones] owns up to his failings with a colourful candour that is moving. -- Neil McCormick ― Telegraph
It can be harrowing, hilarious, and often touching, but above all, Lonely Boyis life-affirming. Thank you, Steve Jones. ― Sex-pistols.net
From the Back Cover
Steve’s modern Dickensian tale begins in the streets of Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush, West London, where as a lonely, neglected boy living off his wits and petty thievery he is given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music and becomes one of the first generation of ragamuffin punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. For the very first time Steve describes the sadness of never having known his dad, the neglect and abuse he suffered at the hands of his step father, and how his interest in music and fashion saved him from a potential life of crime spent in remand centres and prison. From the Kings Road of the early seventies, through the years of the Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and the recording of Never Mind the Bollocks (ranked number 41 in Rolling Stone magazine’s Best Albums of All Time), to his self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles where he battled with alcohol, heroin and sex addiction – caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse – Lonely Boy, written with music journalist and author Ben Thompson, is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, changed history.
- Publisher : Windmill Books; 1st edition (5 Oct. 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0099510537
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099510536
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surprisingly there is very little, perhaps too little about the Pistols actual music. Jones has avoided the all too common mistake that musicians make of thinking their readers are interested in details of keys, riffs and so on. Instead Jones focuses on the personalities that whirled around him in the cash from chaos maelstrom surrounding the Pistols; and with Rotten/Lydon, Cook, Matlock, Vicious, McLaren, Westwood, et al there's a lot of personalities to focus on. I particularly liked Jones's thoughts on how John Simon Ritchie might have turned out if he had been called Sid Gentle or Sid Nice, and his conflictions on Lydon/Rotten make for an interesting read.
While Steve Jones's thoughts and memories may not be of interest to anyone who's never heard the Pistols for those us who fondly remember punk's annus mirabilis of 1977 this is a must read (unless of course you are John Lydon!) but beware it is brutally frank and Jones wasn't always a good guy.
A friend at work was reading this and raved about it, so I decided to give it a go. I’ve been aware of The Sex Pistols since they began, even though I was too young in 1977 to appreciate them (and watched “The Great Rock N Roll Swindle” before I should have) and like their music and stance, but went into this not knowing what to expect. And it didn’t disappoint. Told in an exuberant style (ghost written by Ben Thompson), as if Jones was regaling you in a pub (with no alcohol present), this starts off very dark indeed, as he’s abused by his step-dad (his father ran away before he was born) and then by a local ‘nonce’ in the underpass. From here, however, we see the glam of the 70s almost from the inside, as the lonely, neglected boy skips school, lives off petty thievery, discovers girls and steals equipment from Bowie, the Stones and Roxy Music. After coming into contact with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, punk is born and The Sex Pistols takes off. Jones tells the story frankly (and often paints himself in the worse light), from the ‘filth and the fury’ up to 2015 (when this was published). Occasionally harrowing, often funny and never dull, this is a cracking autobiography and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very much recommended.
i have loved this guy for 39 years, he changed my life the day i heard that les paul coming from the bollocks album. My guitar hero forever AND a really top bloke