Friday, November 7, 2014



An early architect of punk rock’s sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ‘n’ roll icon.

Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame—from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled—delivered with the same in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the story of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career.

A survivor’s tale at its heart, this sometimes chilling and always riveting account of one man's creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire is unmistakably literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. With it, Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers.

Personally, I think that most of the music that came out of the 80s was pure shit! With the exception of Billy Idol that is...I've always felt that Billy was the epitome of the the great sex, drugs, & rock and roll musician/writer. For my money, first it started off with Jim Morrison, then Ronnie Van Zant, on to Steve Earle (clean and sober these days but still a top notch performer) and finally Billy I. 

Back around 2002 or 2003 when The Doors did their "reunion tour" I thought that Billy would have been the ultimate stand in for the Lizard King. Could you imagine what those concerts would have been like? All those classic Doors songs with Rebel Yell, Eyes Without A Face, Blue Highway, White Wedding, Cradle Of Love, & my personal favorite Crank Call thrown into the set. I could shit my pants just thinking about it!

So I was happy as hell when I saw that Billy would writing be his biography. And even happier when I realized that he wrote the book himself without the aid of a ghost writer! And let me tell you he is a damn fine writer! I think Billy is the writer that Jim Morrison would have been if he had decided to stick around with us a little longer.

Using a beautiful style of prose, Billy leads the reader through the early days of punk along with his band Generation X, and then continues on with a fast paced ride straight through to the recording of his current album - Kings & Queens of the Underground. And in between is all the sexual escapades, drugs, booze, motorcycle wrecks, busted up hotel rooms, lawsuits, & other acts of debauchery that you would expect from a rock star of Billy Idol's stature.

This is the story of a true rock & roll survivor that is unbelievably well written. This book is insightful, funny, sad, and surprisingly at times - somewhat spiritual.

Every true rock and roll fan will want this baby on their book shelf.

“I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good, the rebel and the saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I’ve put it all down, every bit from the heart.
I’m going out on a limb here, so watch my back.” —Billy Idol