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I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol [Kindle Edition]

Glen Matlock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Glen Matlock was a founding member of the Sex Pistols and co-wrote most of their iconic songs. His story of the Pistols’ rise to global infamy is an honest, insightful account of a group of intelligent malcontents, determined to change the music business and to attack hypocrisy and stale conventions in society at large. Glen brilliantly captures the flavour of seventies Britain and reveals the complexities and personality clashes that made the Pistols so explosive at that time.

Also includes true tales of the Pistols reunion tours of 1996 and 2002.

Never mind the other bollocks-filled books about the Sex Pistols, here’s the truth.

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'As the first band-member's view of the group that rescued rock from the foolishness of the mid-'70s, this is an engaging memoir' Source: -- Margot Mifflin.

About the Author

In a career that has spanned over thirty years, Glen Matlock has made indelible contributions to music as the original bass player with The Sex Pistols, formed the underrated Rich Kids, and worked with artists ranging from Iggy Pop & Robert Gordon to the reformed Faces.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Rocket 88 (9 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OSSM7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and enjoyable 25 April 2014
By Steve13
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Matlock is straight forward and honest, no self aggrandisement, no look at me politics. Sure, it's no great work of literature but it tells the story from the actual perspective of not only someone who was there but, given they wrote nothing much after he left, someone who was always far more important than he is given credit for. Say what you like, without the first songs nothing would have happened. I was 16 in '76 and while it might be easy to take for granted now...Anarchy/GSTQ/Pretty others...were a life line to those of us who looked around and could only see dumb, hippy pub rock or sub-glam goons on crap tv. After he left the Pistols meandered into farce, bickering, bitterness and eventually implosion. A threat neutering itself. Yet the music still stands today, what there is of it. No one can debate Matlock's involvement in that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OVERLOOKED CLASSIC 18 Aug. 2014
Glen writes well and this is a funny, trustworthy, intelligent, fascinating account of being a Pistol. There's an extra foreword written after the 1996 'Filthy Lucre' tour where he admits to being less bitter about things now that he's finally received acknowledgement, financially and otherwise, for his role. (Actually, he's not particularly bitter anyway - if you fancy hearing from an embittered bass player/songwriter with delusions of grandeur, try Noel Redding's book.) A shame this isn't more widely read really. Saw Glen play solo stuff in the early 90s and - though there was no material to match his 70s output - what a musician. Pretty essential reading if you're at all interested in Punk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting and unpretentious 9 Aug. 2014
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Comes across as an honest and unpretentious account of Glen Matlock's experience Interesting to read about some one elses point of view other than the usual Johnny/Sid/Malcolm side of events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Used To Be A Nice Boy! 26 Sept. 2014
By Aged 59
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Not sure why I've only just read this great book as I was an elderly punk back in 1976 - all of 21 but I shouldn't've worried as several participants were much older. It's a great read and had me rolling in the aisles a couple of times. The bit about Mrs Matlock's hard time at the Gas Board is worth the price alone. And, following the author's advice, I've ordered The Making Of Never The Mind The Bollocks DVD which I'm looking forward to watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading on punk history 23 Aug. 2014
By Andrew
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Easily readable, and fascinating for anyone with even a passing interest in punk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the original pistol gives his account 2 Feb. 2015
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an excellent story of matlocks time in the pistols,from his point of view without all the nonsense...more like the truth....well worth reading...includes a new account of the filthy lucre tour.
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Fantastic book and a balanced view of the story of this fantastic band and a very special era in music. Miles better than Mr Lydons rantathon.
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