Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his upcoming autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol, due this January from Da Capo Press. Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, which set the world on fire in 1977.
In Lonely Boy, Jonesrecounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band. From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boyoffers a portrait of a punk pioneer- a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.
Traumatic childhood abuse and neglect, meaningless sexual exploits, life-threatening drug addiction, and bottoming out on heroin-all are covered candidly in Lonely Boy. It brings us face-to-face with a Steve Jones neither seen on stage nor heard over the airwaves, a man who spent his youth at the epicenter of angst in class-ruled Britain, taunting and ridiculing the establishment, who later, through sobriety, finally learned to be comfortable in his own skin.
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