Dancing with Myself
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: September 2015
Duration: 12 hours 12 minutes
In this highly original memoir--following Billy Idol from his childhood in England to his rise to fame at the height of the punk-pop revolution--the iconic superstar tells the real story behind the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that he is so fabulously famous for, in his own utterly indelible voice.
A member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into the pop mainstream during the 1980s, Billy Idol is a rock 'n' roll legend. DANCING WITH MYSELF will cover the events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including accounts of his childhood in England and the U.S., his year at Sussex University, his membership in the Bromley Contingent, his period spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols, and his time in Siouxsie and the Banshees, Chelsea, and Generation X. Idol also tackles his wildly successful solo career (from “White Wedding,” to “Cradle of Love,” to Hollywood, and beyond) which involved close and very successful collaboration with Steve Stevens and, ultimately, some of the most influential, ground-breaking music videos ever seen on MTV.
Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career. In DANCING WITH MYSELF, he renders detailed accounts of his life’s highs and lows with the unapologetically in-your-face attitude and exuberance that made him famous. In part a survivor’s story, but equally a very funny, sometimes chilling, and always riveting account of one man’s creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire, this much-anticipated memoir is unambiguously literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers.