By Billy Idol
Selected by way of Rolling Stone as one of many 10 top song Books of 2014
“That’s what I’m speaking about…Of a lot of these memoirs, Dancing With Myself used to be the one person who influenced my envy—made me are looking to be Billy Idol for 5 minutes….He’s a real romantic, writing in one of those overheated journalese approximately his London punk rock roots…and then falling head over heels for the US” (James Parker, The big apple instances publication Review).
An early architect of punk rock’s sound, kind, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping personality vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as certainly one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol is still, to today, a real rock ‘n’ roll icon.
Now, in his New York Times bestselling autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol offers an electrical, “refreshingly sincere” (Daily information, New York) account of his trip to fame—from his early days as entrance guy of the pioneering united kingdom punk band new release X to the decadent existence atop the dance-rock state he ruled—delivered with a similar in-your-face angle and fireplace his enthusiasts have embraced for many years. past including his uniquely certified viewpoint to the tale of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, full of life chronicler of his personal career.
A survivor’s story at its center, this occasionally chilling and continually riveting account of 1 man’s artistic force becoming a member of forces with unbridled human hope is unmistakably literary in its personality and courageous in its sheer willingness to inform. With it, Billy Idol is destined to end up one of many nice writers between his musical peers.
“I am hopelessly divided among the darkish and the great, the insurgent and the saint, the intercourse maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I’ve positioned all of it down, each piece from the guts. I’m occurring out a limb right here, so watch my back.” —Billy Idol
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