Dancing With Myself

Dancing With Myself

Book - 2014
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In this bold and candid memoir, music legend Billy Idol shares his life story—from his childhood in England to his rise to fame during the height of the punk-pop revolution—revealing intimate details about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll that he is so fabulously famous for—all told in his own utterly indelible voice. An integral member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into ’80s pop mainstream—and one of MTV’s first stars—Billy Idol remains an iconic music legend. Now, in his long-awaited Dancing With Myself, he delivers a lively, candid account of his journey to fame—including intimate and unapologetic details about his life’s highs and lows—all rendered with the in-your-face attitude and exuberance his fans have embraced. Idol brings to life the key events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including his early childhood in England, his year at Sussex University, and his time spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols and as a member of punk bands Chelsea and Generation X. He shares outtakes from his wildly and unexpectedly successful solo career and stories behind his string of popular hits, including "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face," and "Rebel Yell," which involved close collaboration with Steve Stevens and ultimately led to the creation of some of the most groundbreaking music videos ever seen.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451628500
1451628501
Branch Call Number: Biography B Ido

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Jeffsuke
Mar 20, 2016

I guess my expectations were high. A very forgettable book. A jumbled mess at times much like his life. As a fan of his music I wish I could recommend, but I just can't do it.

JamesBayRidge Dec 06, 2014

I am quite surprised when I opened the book, just published and could not have had more than one patron before me, that the early pages were stained with some type of red sauce. Also that so many pages were turned down on their corners. Such a pity that so much disrespect is shown to books.

Perhaps that previous renter was a self-serving, self-involved poser like the author appears to have been in the 1980's. Idol takes us along with him as he revisits his "brat" years as a MTV superstar. He lets us in on some of the inspiration he had for his most famous songs, but makes no excuses for his behavior.
He seems to be, at almost sixty years old, at peace with himself. Of course the whole book could just be a way to restart his career which, like so many artists of the 1980's has fizzled out in the way that MTV has from such heights of stardom to nostalgia "remember when MTV played music videos".
As far as rock autobiographies, this one if alright. Idol tries his hand at prose and seem genuine in his desire to tell his story. The only thing is whether you care enough to read it.

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daeb
Nov 22, 2014

Not bad, pretty much what you'd expect. Ah, the good old days...

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trotter73
Nov 19, 2014

I listened to Billy Idol when I was a kid until his Cyberpunk album, which seemed to end his career.
There are some interesting stories in here, it gets repetitive at times though.
The lifestyle he lived, it's quite amazing he didn't die from an OD.

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trotter73
Nov 19, 2014

Sexual Content: a couple graphic stories

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