Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Written by:
Steve Jones
Narrated by:
Steve Jones

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
16
Narrator
6
Release Date
January 2017
Duration
9 hours 30 minutes
Summary
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.
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Patrice A.

A lil' too young to engage in the scene in the 70s, but percipient and fully aware of music in general, especially rock and punk. It was an utter, pleasant surprise to find out Jonesy himself narrated the audio version of his autobiography. That husky voice with the fat Cockney accent... Such delight & fun to listen to! Steve's always been my fav Pistol, but after reading and listening to his book... I can't help but love him even more. Highly recommended!

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Kenneth A.

This was an excellent biography of one of my favourite guitarists of all time, from one of the "classic rock" bands of my youth!!!! I never knew how similar my own life was to Steve's, without myself gaining "stardom" as Steve did. The book, read by Steve himself, was a very personal look inside the life of someone known for their "Filth and Fury" more than the talent, and personal struggles, they had as a child, and on throughout their adulthood. Finding out that I have tons in common with Steve made me feel a whole lot better about myself, something I honestly did not expect from this biography. A great listen for any fan of the Pistols, or just "rock n roll" in general!!!

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Dave M.

This is one of the best "rock n roll" biographies I've ever listened to. Steve is the narrator and hearing him describe his life is fantastic, and most importantly he's freakin hilarious! I laughed quite a lot. I highly recommend this book for anyone regardless if you're a Sex Pistols fan...this book rock!

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