Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones will publish his autobiography, “Lonely Boy”, this fall.
Due November 17 in the UK and January 10 in North America, the project sees Jones collaborate with journalist Ben Thompson to share his story of growing up in the streets of Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush, West London, before forming Strand in 1972 and, eventually, the Sex Pistols in 1975 with vocalist Johnny Rotten, bassist Glen Matlock and drummer Paul Cook.
Inspired by New York bands the Ramones and the New York Dolls, among others, the Sex Pistols helped to propel the UK punk scene through a series of four singles and one studio album, 1977’s “Never Mind The Bollocks…Here’s The Sex Pistols”, before disbanding just three months after its release.
Jones spent years after the Pistols in a self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles where he battled with alcohol, heroin and sex addiction – caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse.
Alongside producing and playing on records by other artists, the guitarist was a member of several post-Pistols groups including The Professionals, Chequered Past and Neurotic Outsiders, as well as building a solo career.
He hosted the popular daily radio program “Jonesy's Jukebox” on Indie 103.1 FM Los Angeles from 2004 to the station’s sign-off in 2009, welcoming special guests and spinning whatever tunes he wanted to play for listeners.
The program ran on another L.A. station before landing at its current home at 95.5 KLOS.
Jones will release “Lonely Boy” this fall in sync with the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols first record, “Anarchy In The UK”, and of his infamous confrontation on Bill Grundy’s Today programme – that interview ushered in the ‘Filth and the Fury’ headlines that catapulted punk into the national consciousness in Britain.
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