Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Billy Idol to release autobiography

Billy Idol will release his self-written memoir, "Dancing With Myself", on October 7.

The autobiography delivers an electric, searingly honest account of Idol’s journey to fame – from his early days as frontman of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to his international solo career.

“You know me as Billy Idol, the hell-raising rebel who’s lived life to the full—sometimes fuller than life would allow,” he says. “But I am also William Albert Michael Broad, a working-class kid from the suburbs of London: a dreamer with his nose forever in a book, cursed with feeling too much, dreaming too big, and suffering slights too deeply. Life gave me a golden key when I fell in love with rock ’n’ roll (thanks to the music in my Irish mum’s blood), and a whole new world opened up to me. With this world came every opportunity, and every temptation under the sun; around-the-clock excess.”

“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,” Idol adds. “Pen to paper, I am putting it all down, every bit from the heart. I am going out on a limb here, so watch my back.”

“A disapproving chemistry teacher once wrote on my report card: “william is idle!”,” explains Billy about how he got his stage name. “In giant block letters, I – D – L – E. . . We’ll see about that, I thought.”

Idol begins his 2014 live dates with three US shows starting May 31 at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey; he’ll then launch a European tour at Sweden Rock Festival on June 7.

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