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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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Loved It!

Steve Jones was a straight up badass slut! Loved It!! Fascinating old stories. Extremely happy to hear he got sober and dealt with some of his demons

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Thank God for Jonesy!!

The man shines, in Rock & Roll truth, and honesty. Working class to the end. Like his guitar, he tells his story, like a ringing a bell. Wonderful.

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Good story for a long time fan.

Great story for a long drive. Been a fan for sinking and most things Sex Pistols is about Did John or Malcolm.

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God save Steve Jones

And God Save his radio show. Brilliant book. Why does a review have to be 15 words?

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Great Stories!

A great listen! Steve Jones has led a very eventful life. He gives a matter of fact description of some pretty horrific stuff, but keeps it from getting overwhelming. Amusing to hear about his current life as a Southern California gentleman!

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  • Charrie
  • 2017-01-11

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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  • Ewenanne
  • 2017-01-30

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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  • Yvette
  • 2021-11-08

Praise for the book & missing Jonesy’s jukebox

Always been a sidelined sex pistol’s fan, and a huge fan of Jonesy’s Jukebox sill missing him on the radio at noon Monday-Friday! To get to listen to him read his book was a pleasure! I live his off the wall sense of humor and tales of his brushes w/the law & other famous people. ❤️

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  • Jørn Rathe
  • 2021-10-19

Great, sad, funny and serious biography.

Excited to hear and read a different pistols-history.
Certainly not a posh “what you like to hear” story, but down to earth and different.
Well written and read by Jones him self.
A good readers-voice!

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  • Rick Krout
  • 2021-10-09

Best Rock bio so far

I’ve heard/read quite a few rock/country/punk bio’s. This is my favorite by far.

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  • Aric Lewno
  • 2021-09-19

F`in Brilliant!!

Jonesy nails it! From the Sex Pistols to his youth, his words explain, and clear up, what punk and the Pistols were all about. Excellent read.
What is next Steve?

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2021-06-06

Great Story

Thank you Steve for doing this in your own words! Loved every minute and couldn't wait to hear the next. Good job at creating a life you're now proud of. And thanks for rocking me through my angry youth! There's no other band like The Sex Pistols. You truly changed the world!

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 2021-03-18

Raw and honest

Jones tells the no holds barred narrative of his life before during and after the Pistols. If you're just in it for band stories, you can skip this book -- that's really only the middle third. If anything it highlights how incredibly brief this foundational chapter of music was. "Lonely Boy" is about the man, not the musician -- what makes him tick, his background, his highs, and most definitely his lows.

What is it about that generation and that region which produced such good story tellers? I've listened to memoirs from members of The Cure, Joy Division, and other punk and post punk bands and they all have a certain engrossing way of keeping your attention at every moment.

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  • Roy
  • 2020-09-27

Great story from one of my favorite bands

Steve Jones tells his story with great humility and honesty. Great listen. Peace Jonesy You rock

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  • alec
  • 2020-04-04

Answered my questions

Thank you to Steve for reading it. Sometimes I’ve been told it’s better if someone else reads the book other than the author, but this isn’t one of those times.

I’ve had many questions for him over the years and between listening to this and the availability of his promo videos, interviews, performances and especially his radio show on KLOS on YouTube I feel like I get it now as much as I ever will.

Steve’s got everything, but that seems irrelevant. He’s a natural at everything he’s shared with us and being. a natural storyteller and book reader or narrator is no exception.