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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857205587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857205582
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Billy Idol is a multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee and rock legend. Known for successfully merging his signature punk attitude with the mainstream music scene, Idol has written some of pop's most iconic songs, including 'White Wedding,' 'Rebel Yell' and 'Cradle of Love'. Idol maintains an active touring schedule and released a career spanning greatest hits album in 2008, 'The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself'. He lives in Los Angeles.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln Shaw on 16 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Unlike many autobiography's this has been written without a ghost writer. And Billy shows an unexpected flair in a wonderfully fast moving, coherent & poetic writing style. The book mainly features on his early days in the punk movement through to the debauchery and excess of the 80's. Billy is unflinching in his self criticism as he describes the highs & lows of his career, but is always able to see the funny side of his antics. - Best summed up in the short chapter describing a jolly to Thailand were he eventually gets escorted out of the country at gun point by the Thai Military.

To his critics Idol has always come across as a poser who somehow lucked out into stardom. But this book really shows his love and enthusiasm for the creative process of making music, whilst also showing an intelligence that doesn't immediately come across in his interviews.

My only criticism would be that it's too short, glossing over the post wilderness 'CyberPunk' years through to his last release Devils Playground. But overall a great read. Funny, tragic & poetic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy_F TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2014
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This is an enjoyable read and a real page turner.

I was a teenager in the 1980's and witnessed the punk scene for myself.

Billy Idol was up there with some of my pop heroes and was pleased to see that he had released his auto biography.

I have to say that the whole book it actually very nicely written, by Billy Idol himself a fact I discovered whilst watching an interview with Billy on GMTV.

The interview itself was interesting, rather than Billy be brash and boastful, he came across as a nicely grounded individual and a thoroughly nice guy.

He is often, I think, overly self critical, and at times can be very serious or often makes light of this hedonistic period.

I have to agree with one of the other reviewers that there are some area a bit to light in content but overall it is a good and interesting read.

Yes there are plenty of references to well known names, some may consider it name dropping, but if you live in this world are bound to meet up with other famous people and most of them I would have liked to met myself.

This will be one of the books that I retain in my extensive biography collection and will on occasion re-read the book, which is more than I can say for many biographies that I have read.

A Good book even in your not a fan.

Excellent read, recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur potts on 27 Nov. 2014
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'As I grew older, I felt a disenfranchisement from life' writes Billy in the epilogue to this sorry tale of rampant narcissism, drug- abuse, self- harm and misogyny. Not sure if that's a symptom or a cause of his behaviour, because this biography is full of 'what' and pretty short on WHY a hugely successful song writer, performer and inventor of a whole new post-punk genre felt the need to obliterate himself with booze, drugs and lots and lots of meaningless sex. He's capable of introspection, but you just don't get a lot in this fairly conventional rock autobiography. He often writes well and is an acute observer of the UK punk scene having been a founding member of the 'Bromley contingent' that attached itself to the Sex Pistols. The sad thing is that the Felliniesque excesses he describes after gaining traction in the US ( a formidable achievement) don't actually sound like much fun, just excessive.

I recently read John Lydon's ranting confession - Anger is an Energy- and I actually think that Billy has had more lasting influence, at least in the US, than Johnny. It's a shame he can't tell us more about why he locked-in so successfully to the early 80s rock zeitgeist - after all, he was selling zillions while Johnny was noodling away in Gunter Grove with his mates in PiL.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic self penned biography.
Billy doesn't shy away from telling the ups and downs, highs and lows of a quite lengthy career.
He has lived the rock n roll lifestyle to the max and in this book he covers the lot.A refreshing honest, no ghost writing, well written biog.
You dont have to be a Billy fan to enjoy this great read.And by the way his new album is fantastic!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Jenkins on 8 Oct. 2014
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I'm not really a fan, but I do read plenty of music auto-biographies and I'd have to say this is one of the better examples.

Idol's love of music and inspirations are eloquently laid out here, and he's not shy of self-criticism either, whilst he may have some regrets his has clearly been a life well lived if you think the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is something to aspire to.

Whilst some of the sections could come across as namedropping you're more likely to think "you lucky git" at the range of people he gets to meet in the course of it all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Morris on 13 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a book I've waited years for, never really expecting it to be self penned. I enjoyed it immensely. There are moments of farce, of debauchery, of love, of genius, of regret, and of pathos. Billy's skill as a writer is very impressive too. Highly recommended. :')
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cranfield on 6 Feb. 2015
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Nowhere near as much fun as I had hoped for. The plastic punk's trials and tribulations turn out to be less than fascinating. By page 175 I was getting pretty bored. But perhaps the autobiography of a very minor figure in rock history is bound to be this way
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