• Dancing with Myself

  • By: Billy Idol
  • Narrated by: Billy Idol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (912 ratings)

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Dancing with Myself

By: Billy Idol
Narrated by: 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.

©2014 Billy Idol (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Brutally Honest

Billy really didn't pull any punches or gloss anything over in this interesting autobiography. Having grown up listening to him, I was enchanted with the stories behind the songs and the little trivia you'd probably never know about otherwise. But it's raw for sure. While I know about the whole "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll" thing, I never imagined what a junkie he was. It made me kinda sad, in a way.

He does a great job reading it in his low, gravelly (and dare I say, sexy) voice, and it almost feels like you're kicking back, listening to him on the phone or something. It moves a bit slowly in some places, and some of his descriptives were a bit over-the-top, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Totally recommended.

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no one could tell it better than Billy himself

absolutely love it, if you love Billy Idol then get the book Dancing with myself

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Hats off to a true legend of my time

Would you listen to Dancing with Myself again? Why?

As a 48 year old African American who has grown up in Urban Pittsburgh, I am a huge Billy Idol fan. As I got older, I wanted to learn more about his life and his attraction to big bass rhythms. I often give "Eyes Without a Face" as one of the best feel good bass grooves of our life time (in rock or urban music)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Idols tells his very honest story as if we were sitting at the bar. The squib of hanging in the Thailand was hilarious. I wanted to hear more. Too bad he skipped over his lapse in judgement by doing a Christmas record... Not so sure what he was thinking there.

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Idol, you hade a made a huge impact on all genres of music and your staying power is amazing. We are so glad that you tried your luck in the states. Keep reinventing yourself and rocking!

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Brilliant Billy Idol

Smart honest witty and strong.
Billy Idol is an icebreaker pushing through the permafrost. Soulful and fearless Billy Idol is respectable and intelligent on his own terms. All the while tangoing with Death Mr Broad bravely remains a sensitive Punk.
Loved the book and was left wanting to shake William's in thanks for the no doubt at times excruciating effort put forth documenting his journey through hindsight 20 20 prism.
Thank you Billy

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Now I know !

Rare treat to hear Billy read the book...his words,with his emotion. huge fan since Genx.

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If Billy Idol Read the Phonebook Aloud, I'd Buy It

I purchased this exclusively for the performance. When my insomnia acts up, it sometimes helps to listen to audiobooks narrated by men with soothing voices. I did end up listening to the entire book, bit by bit. The book was pretty good, surprising in it's depth of insight and mature reflection, but the real appeal is listening to Billy Idol's voice telling stories about rampant sex and drugs, he might as well be narrating a nature film to me (and I wish he would narrate nature films). He could be reading the phone book and it would be just as good, the man has the speaking voice of a fallen angel.

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Cool Billy idol

There is hope for me.
Good book performance is great if you like sex drugs and rock, hard rock and roll!

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Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll - all in excess

Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll - few have done it to excess the way Billy Idol has. Very well written and reveals enough to give me a new found increased appreciation for what he has accomplished in his career. It's also amazing that he is still alive to tell the story. Some of the big surprises are how well-read he is as well as his songwriting process. He really had a solid vision of what he wanted to achieve and pulled it off.

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it was a heartfelt, intelligent story !

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narration. what an amazing life! Billy is way more intellectual that I would have originally guessed (sorry) and his insights were powerful. wonderful story!

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Great story of a life lived to the fullest

Good to listen while driving long distance. As a fan this gave much insight into his music and on his diy attitude which are the reasons most likely why I'm such a big fan of Billy Idol.

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