Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol


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Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol by Steve Jones

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824814
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 145,674
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steve Jones formed the Sex Pistols in 1972 with friends Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale. After the band broke up in 1978, Steve and Paul formed a new band called The Professionals. When they split up in 1982, Steve decided to stay in the US. He relocated to Los Angeles and became an in-demand session guitarist and released two solo albums between 1987-89. Steve returned to the music scene in the mid-’90s with the Sunset Strip supergroup Neurotic Outsiders, featuring Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses and John Taylor of Duran Duran. Jones later found what he describes as his first proper job as a DJ on Los Angles-based Indie 103.1 FM. Jonesy’s Jukebox began airing in 2004 and proved so popular it was soon made a permanent daily fixture. After leaving Indie 103.1, Jonesy’s Jukebox resurfaced in 2010 as a weekly Sunday night show on LA’s KROQ. The show features unreleased tracks from indie bands, b-sides, songs from bands that are bubbling under, classics, and cuts from his personal music collection. Jones lives in Los Angeles.

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