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Publisher's Summary

Ask anyone who knows about music, and they'll tell you: Without Steve Jones punk rock would not exist. This is not hyperbole. No Steve Jones, no punk rock. Period. The prototypical street urchin turned Sex Pistols guitarist was the sole inspiration and creator of the punk movement that began shaking the culture in late 1970s London and is just as strong today.

A pervasive air of gloom and coal smoke hangs over Jones' memoir, Lonely Boy, which is set mostly in working-class London of the '60s and '70s. For the first time ever, he'll illustrate a moment in time when the actions of a loose association of people became the full-fledged punk scene we know so well today. Legendary artist and trendsetter Malcolm McLaren took in the young Jones after noticing him hanging around the sex boutique McLaren owned with his then girlfriend, Vivienne Westwood, on Kings Road in Chelsea. By then Jones was basically homeless, stealing anything and everything to support himself and scratch his itch for theft. He would frequently pop in to McLaren's legendary shop. McLaren was so fascinated by Jones' rough background, wardrobe choices, attitude toward authority, and general aura that he created a cultural movement around it. And so the Sex Pistols, and with them punk rock, was born.

Included in the audiobook are never before told stories of sexual abuse Steve suffered at the hands of his stepfather, stories of petty crime and acts of perversion he perpetrated as a young boy in London, the sadness of never knowing his real father (and then meeting him in a tale that bookends this narrative nicely), the early days as a Pistol, breaking into the music business, and how the hell a band with one album meant so much to so many people. Jones will also bring listeners up to speed on his more recent exploits, such as hosting a legendary radio show on KROQ, Jonesy's Jukebox; beginning an acting career by playing Krull on Showtime's Californication; his recovery from both sexual and substance addictions; and his attempts to fall in with the hair metal crowd of the Sunset Strip in the 1980s.

You may be asking why Steve has waited until now to write his memoir, and you wouldn't be wrong in asking that. The thing is, I'm not sure we have a good answer. He just feels like now is the time, that most of what he wants to and will achieve in his life has happened, and his current existence lends itself to reflection and sharing. He hopes to do that with listeners the world over. There's also still an intense appetite for punk rock everywhere you look, and he'd like to educate some young people on where it all started, from the guy who inspired the whole scene.

No topic is off limits in this grimy, streetwise memoir.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Steve Jones (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Love Steve Jones Even More Now!

I've been a long time fan of Steve Jones'. I listen to Jonesy's Jukebox, have all of his albums, devoted to his Instagram account and now... This book humanized him even more. I could listen to this over and over! To be honest, I've even purchased the print version. If you're a fan of his, or of punk or of life - do yourself a favour and get this book!

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Criminally Addictive....

Where does Lonely Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 of all time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lonely Boy?

The stories of his childhood, dealing with re-hab, and his struggle with the band.

What about Steve Jones’s performance did you like?

His delivery was perfection. All of those years of radio prepared him well. It was honest, authentic and credible.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My extreme reaction was addiction. I couldn't turn it off until I finished it. I was humbled by his honesty and touched by his recovery.

Any additional comments?

I'm still reeling from how incredible this book was. I'm trying to determine whether or not I'm surprised. He's always been an incredibly unique and talented character, whether it be from the standpoint of a musician, actor, radio personality and now author....so I suppose it is in his blood. I loved it though...I really, truly loved it.

I pre-ordered the audio version from Audible.com. Hearing him tell his own story, accent and rhyming slang included, makes the book all that more authentic and credible.

I started at 4 in the morning on the date of its release and skipped work to finish it about ten hours later. I couldn't put it down. It is so well written and so well executed. The last book I couldn't put down was "Diary of a Rock n' Roll Star" by Ian Hunter and I was 15 then. That's not to say that I don't read...lol...I finished both Springsteen and Sebastian Bach's books this month. They were both very good, but neither compared to this. It's like the horse that comes in first at the Kentucky Derby...the second and third place finishers were only fractions of a second behind...but the winner seems to be in a class all it's own.

I don't want to give anything away and I had too many favorite parts of Lonely Boy to mention anyway, but I will tell you that he does an amazing job of shining light in the darkest corners of his life and bringing clarity and understanding to a number of crushing events that many of us have experienced in our own lives. All of those parts were really, really cool.

In a nutshell, Steve Jones has a lot of wisdom now...feels kinda funny to say that about a Sex Pistol....but, he does. It hasn’t changed him much on the outside though. He’s still as funny, still as shocking and I imagine will remain as wickedly entertaining until the day that he is ‘Brown Bread’ himself.

Forget giving it a 10...this one goes to 11 for me.

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Nicely done

I found it hugely entertaining to have a counterpoint to John Lydon's view of the same events. With that said, I struggled to get past the fact that Jones has never once come close to matching the impact he made with the Pistols, while Lydon has in PiL.

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One of the best

One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard. Narration is great and story is even better

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THIS IS REAL ROCK 'N' ROLL AT ITS BEST

Being narrated by Steve Jones himself really added to this great bio. There is so much more to know about Punk, the music industry & what life was like in the music industry back in the 1970's. It very amusing at times, & often just stunning. As a very young kid he got up to such antics as stealing David Bowies guitars. A great story, told in a humble manner. If you enjoy this buy Duff from Guns 'n' Roses fame book, that is brilliant. Don't bother with Billy Idols bio, it is amazingly dull.

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Jonesy tells it like it was... and is!

An incredible read, made all the better by being narrated by the author himself. Loved it.

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He’s really quite a funny bastard. And guitar hero.

Being a fan since my teens, I was looking forward to this book. If you are looking for insider stories on the Pistols - you will get it. More importantly you also get a deep look behind the curtain at Oz to hear an all too often tragic tale. Hearing Jonesy tell this in his own voice brings it even more to life. Some of the chapters are not all rocknroll glory, but the true life details of a street kid who is smacked in the face with some of life’s most undesirable aspects, and how those lead to a grown up who has been 2+ decade sober punk finding himself in the unlikely position of being a DJ even though he had to learn to read and write. Enjoy this one as you get to hear how actually funny Jonesy is. And play Bollocks loudly when you get done.

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interesting for sure but some issues..nitpicking

I enjoyed listening to Steve's account of his life and insights into his time with Sex Pistoles however I did get weary of his nearly constant need to speak about his overwhelming sexual obsession and frequent sexual references/innuendo-with this part of his book,less would be more ...as it becomes very clear this is obviously part of his addiction-complex. I would've liked to know more about why he feels he chose to use heroin rather than just stick with primarly alcohol, for example(He states despite his serious addiction to heroin, he identifies more as an alcoholic). He begins to expound but then steps back often after making leading statements,comments that left me feeling things were brought up and dropped too soon at times. I appreciate he shared some very harsh,unpleasant to say the least, aspects of himself and his life. He brings his unique story &"personality plus" clearly through with his own voice in narration. This fact gives his book a realness,connection ,like he's chatting away to you. He's got a great deal of interesting stories to share and he's certainly not afraid to set out his often salty opinion,terminology. I do think at times he tries too hard with this (but it's part of his personality).
So I had some mixed reactions but great appreciation regardless for his undertaking of this book &narrating it, & his willingness to say what he thinks .

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Steve Jones is sublime!

Listening to Steve's story read by the man himself was fantastic! I know more about him than I ever thought possible and that's a good thing!

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Getting to know a great geezer

I'm not a serious Sex Pistols fan - I enjoy their music but never saw them live. I still enjoyed this book.

Jonesy narrates his own story with his great working-class London accent, and what a story it is - from unwanted son to petty thief to celebrated musician to petty thief again, then finally triumphing over drug addiction to create a second career as a radio DJ.

A few small quibbles: there's something off with the editing of this audio, so that several lines repeat themselves. And at the very end Jones goes off on some weird PC tangent in which he insists that 'white people can't be cool.' Uh, sure, Jonesy. That's some nice inspiration for the kids.

Otherwise a good listen, however. Recommended.