Sex Pistols co-founder Steve Jones found his purpose in life by channeling the art rock gods of his time, David Bowie and Brian Ferry‘s Roxy Music. The example of those luminaries helped a street kid with a rough home life to aim high, even if it meant taking the elegant glam of Bowie’s star and smashing it repeatedly under his punk rock heels. Jones is, as befits the rock legend biography genre, a recovering addict with a brutal tale to tell. But his rough and tumble world and habits drove his music. And there is only one man alive who can say he was the original lead guitarist of the Sex Pistols, a band that became synonymous with punk — and that’s Steve Jones.
Jones’s memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol, is punk too. From page 1: “It was almost like those builders didn’t want me to get in there and develop my driving skills by hot-wiring bulldozers to smash up their tea huts, the inconsiderate -$#*s.” The great Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders writes the Foreword.