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

Ask anyone who knows about music and they’ll tell you: without Steve Jones, punk rock would not exist. This is not hyperbole. The prototypical street-urchin–turned–Sex-Pistols–guitarist was the inspiration for and creator of the punk movement, which started shaking the culture in late 1970s London and is just as strong today.

Lonely Boy presents never-before-told stories of an abused boy who was neglected by his mother and stepfather and abandoned by his biological father. It chronicles the petty crime and anger of his youth, which fueled the musical onslaught to come, the meteoric rise of the Pistols, the role of impresario Malcolm McLaren, and how a band with one album defined a generation and changed history.

Lonely Boy educates people on where it all started, straight from the guy who inspired the whole scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824814
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 791,782
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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Part I Before

1 The Artful Dodger 3

2 My Nicotine Rag 9

3 That Place Stank of Rubber 15

4 The Nonce in the Underpass 25

5 Skinhead Moonstomp 35

6 The Steve Jones Cloak of Invisibility 43

7 Silver Machine 53

8 In Rod We Trust 65

9 The Guy with the Prong 75

10 The Furniture Cave 85

Part II During

11 Let It Rock 97

12 The Phantom of the Odeon 107

13 'Scarface, Scarface, Scarred from Earto Ear' 117

14 Kutie Jones and his Sex Pistols 127

15 The Boy Looked at Johnny 135

16 The Prince of Denmark Street 145

17 The Spunk Tapes 155

18 Where's Bill Grundy Now? 167

19 Vicious - You Hit Me With a Flower 179

20 Never Mind the Bollocks…" 189

Part III - After

21 The Boys from Brazil 205

22 Siouxsie Incidentally 213

23 'I Pissed on Elvis' Grave' 223

24 Home is Where the 8x10 Photo of Heart Is 231

25 Detox in Tarzana 239

26 Iggy, Dylan & the Big O 249

27 The Wolfman of Sunset 259

28 Group Therapy 267

29 No Sleep till Hammersmith 275

30 Boys Keep Spinning 287

Appendix: Things That Are Not Rock 'n' Roll 303

Acknowledgements 305

Picture Credits 307

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