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Sid: Sid Vicious - Rock'n'roll Star Paperback – 31 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd; 2nd edition (31 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859653404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859653404
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,113,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book goes into reasonable detail when looking at the life of Sid Vicious, poster-child for the simple thug or fashinable punk. It is alternately sad, compelling and hilarious.

It charts Vicious' days as a relatively sweet child, following his single mother around Europe, fatherless, but pleasant just the same. It then briefly charts his journey through adolescence, going from petulant schoolchild to wilful art student. The author's theory is that Sid's unconventional, unstable and fatherless childhood was responsible for his hatred of rules and authority, and there could be some truth in this.

It then details the period when Sid first became friendly with John Lydon at art college, one of the most important turning points in his life. It then charts his journey as a fan, one of the notorious 'Bromley Contingent', follwoing the Pistols every move during their early days, with Lydon at the helm, and Glen Matlock still on bass. Then this book explains how it came to pass that Sid ended up as bassist, and briefly hints at the opportunist and exploitative nature of Malcolm McLaren, though not nearly enough for my liking.

This book contains many humourous moments, including one particularly hilarious part of the young Sid's life, when he and Lydon would busk in London, Sid with an acoustic guitar he couldn't play and Lydon on an out-of-tune fiddle which he was similarly useless on. The two would then bemuse onlookers by hollering out the same Alice Cooper song on a constant cycle. This is decribed very well; one of the books definite laugh out loud moments.

However, from the moment Sid joins the Pistols, the book heads into sordid territory, almost from the word go.
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This is one of the best reads on Sid Vicious that I've come across. It's one that focuses mainly on Sid -- rather than Sid and Nancy. There were plenty of photos I'd never seen, either. It's a keeper for this fan!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x926d1e70) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926e0a08) out of 5 stars wonderful,yet short biography 25 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great biography...the only reason I rated it a 4 was because the author was sometimes wary on details.When you read about Sid,you realize he wasn't as "cool" as everyone thinks he is.He was just like anybody else,a regular human being.People put him on this high pedestal thinking "Wow,he's so cool.I want to wear leather jackets just like him!" well maybe not exactly like that,but you get the point.It shows he was just like most people...insecure at times,and liked to have fun.I read this all in one day...I couldn't put it down.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926e0e70) out of 5 stars Great Photographs 20 May 2007
By Groovin' guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For photographs of Sid, this book is great. All pictures are in black and white.

The writing is good as well, peering back to young John Beverly, and his care by drug addicted mother.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926e0e94) out of 5 stars Fascinating 13 Feb. 2010
By motopilote - Published on Amazon.com
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Just got the book today, and i picked it up and dint put it down untill i finished. Well written, has good pictures. As a Sex Pistols fan from then and now, it was fascinating to read. In a way i wished it had been longer, hated to get to the end. What else can i say but if you are a fan, you must read it..
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926e0e7c) out of 5 stars RIP Sid Vicious! 17 April 2009
By spaceglider - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first got this book in the mail and opened the box, my first impressions were a little deflating as there lay before me an oversized, glossy, relatively thin affair that looked like it had very little substance and about as much information as a cheap tabloid. I was however pleasantly surprised when I cracked it open and started digging in.

The author has a very good flowing writing style which mixes just the right amount of antidotal evidence as well as factual content. What it does not do, which is a good thing, is be to over zealous with the outrageous legend of what we know to be Sid Vicious.
Instead, the author takes a very matter of fact approach and doesn't try and glorify the cartoon caricature that has become such a punk icon. This is a very eye opening and sobering read that delves deep into Sid's psyche and at times makes you wish someone back then could somehow reach out to Sid and just shake him up or help him change his ways. Then there are times when it seems completely hopeless and there wasn't anything anyone could do to help him. This book is also a very good glimps into the shocking and sometimes degrading world of 1970's punk counter culture in general and gives a very good "vibe" of what it was like. A very short read, but there isn't any fluff so it feels like you get enough and are satisfied. This is definitely recommended even if you have a passing interest in old school Punk but have a bigger interest in the human condition and subculture in general.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926e0f48) out of 5 stars A short but turbulent life 8 July 2008
By Karlie Peipman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sid Vicious: Rock 'n' Roll Star is a good little overview of the short but turbulent life of a strange and enigmatic figure. It's brevity does not compensate for quality, however and is suitable for dealing with such a short amount of time. The book paints Sid Vicious as a confused, paradoxical kid (I don't know if it is appropriate to refer to him as a man) who was trying to live up to his imagined ideal of what it was to be a 'Sex Pistol'. Along with his drug-fuelled union with Nancy Spungen, it was upholding this reputation that ultimately brought him to his end. This book gives you the required details & images to gain a better understanding of Sid Vicious and his time here on Earth.
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