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Dancing With Myself (Hardcover) (Billy Idol)

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“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

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.
In this bold and candid memoir, music legend Billy Idol shares his life story?from his childhood in England to his rise to fame during the height of the punk-pop revolution?revealing intimate details about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll that he is so fabulously famous for?all told in his own utterly indelible voice.

An integral member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into ?80s pop mainstream?and one of MTV?s first stars?Billy Idol remains an iconic music legend. Now, in his long-awaited Dancing With Myself, he delivers a lively, candid account of his journey to fame?including intimate and unapologetic details about his life?s highs and lows?all rendered with the in-your-face attitude and exuberance his fans have embraced. Idol brings to life the key events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including his early childhood in England, his year at Sussex University, and his time spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols and as a member of punk bands Chelsea and Generation X.

He shares outtakes from his wildly and unexpectedly successful solo career and stories behind his string of popular hits, including ?White Wedding,? ?Eyes Without a Face,? and ?Rebel Yell,? which involved close collaboration with Steve Stevens and ultimately led to the creation of some of the most groundbreaking music videos ever seen.

Featuring sixteen pages of full-color, behind-the-scenes photos, Dancing With Myself is both a tale of survival and a celebration of the heady days when punk was born?a compelling and satisfying insider?s tale from a man who made music history firsthand.
Number of Pages: 32616
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Music
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Genres + Styles / Punk, Rich + Famous
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Billy Idol
Language: English
Street Date: October 7, 2014
TCIN: 15846173
UPC: 9781451628500
Item Number (DPCI): 247-09-0097
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MSRPwas $28.00

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