Dancing with Myself

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A Rolling Stone Top 10 Best Music Books of the Year

“That’s what I’m talking about…Of all these memoirs, Dancing With Myself was the only one that stimulated my envy—made me want to be Billy Idol for five minutes….He’s a genuine romantic, writing in a kind of overheated journalese about his London punk rock roots…and then falling head over heels for America” (James Parker, The New York Times Book Review).

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 New York Times bestselling autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, “refreshingly honest” (Daily News, New York) 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.

“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 on out a limb here, so watch my back.” —Billy Idol
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About the author

Born William Michael Albert Broad, Billy Idol is a multiplatinum recording artist and two-time Grammy nominee. Known for successfully merging his signature punk attitude with an appealing blend of pop hooks, dance beats, and gritty metallic crunch, Idol created some of rock’s most indelible anthems, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” and “Cradle of Love.” Idol’s latest release, his first studio album in nearly a decade, is titled Kings & Queens of the Underground. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Oct 7, 2014
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781451628524
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous
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»Berättar hela den galna historien.« | Rolling Stone Magazine

»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

»Billy Idol bevisar att han är mer än en kaxig putmun och spikes i den här extremt frispråkiga självbiografin om hans privatliv och karriär. Vem hade kunnat tro att han var så djupsinnig och självreflekterande? Billy Idol får en att vilja ha ›More! More! More!‹« | Newsday

En av de tidigaste punkarkitekterna – soundet, stilen, ilskan – vars putmun och muskelpumpande persona också tog honom till popens mainstream som en av MTV:s första megastjärnor: Billy Idol.
I denna efterlängtade självbiografi redogör han glödande ärligt för hela karriären, från de tidiga åren som frontman för punkpionjärerna Generation X, till det dekadenta livet – fyllt till bristningsgränsen av sex och droger – som glamrockens superstjärna på åttiotalet. Allt levererat med samma in your face-attityd som fått fansen att älska honom i decennier.
Förutom ett unikt inifrånperspektiv på rockens utveckling är Dancing with Myself en överlevares berättelse. Underhållande, chockerande, ständigt fascinerande. Om en mans kreativa kraft och ett ohämmat mänskligt begär.
Boken är rikt illustrerad med tidigare opublicerade bilder. I översättning av Jens Ahlberg.

BILLY IDOL, född 1955 i Stanmore, Middlesex, är en engelsk musiker, låtskrivare och skådespelare. Billy Idol blev först känd som tongivande medlem i punkbandet Generation X. Som soloartist kom han att bli en av MTV-erans största stjärnor, med låtar som »White Wedding«, »Rebel Yell« och »Dancing with Myself«.

Billy Idol
»Ich bin hoffnungslos gespalten zwischen dem Guten und der Dunkelheit, dem Mönch und dem Sexbesessenen, dem Priester und dem Dichter, dem Populisten und dem Demagogen. All das schreibe ich jetzt schwarz auf weiß nieder, direkt aus meinem Herzen aufs Papier.« Aufgewachsen in der englischen Arbeiterklasse, war Billy Idol mit seiner Band Generation X neben den Sex Pistols und The Clash Teil der frühen Punkbewegung. Anfang der Achtzigerjahre zog er nach New York und startete dort eine einzigartig erfolgreiche Solokarriere voller Höhen und Tiefen.

Wer kennt sie nicht, die trotzig hochgezogene Oberlippe, die geballte Faust zum »Rebel Yell«, die wasserstoffblonden Stachelhaare? Billy Idol, der erste und einzige echte Popstar der Punkgeneration – Frauenschwarm und Provokateur. Die alten Fans werden sich an ihre Jugend zurückerinnern, eine neue Generation Fans wird sich ungläubig die Augen reiben, wie exzessiv so ein Rockstarleben früher sein konnte. Sein neues Album wird die Charts stürmen.

Mit unvergesslichen Hits wie »White Wedding«, »Rebel Yell« oder »Dancing With Myself« stieg der Punk in den 80ern zu einem der Aushängeschilder von MTV auf und füllte Stadien. Neben seiner Musik und den wasserstoffblonden Haaren war es vor allem sein ausschweifender Lebensstil, für den Billy Idol berühmt-berüchtigt war. Im Herbst 2014 erscheint ein neues Studioalbum, das erste in 10 Jahren.

Billy Idol lebte das Leben, von dem die meisten Möchtegern-Rock’n’Roller nur träumen können. Er nahm auf nichts und niemanden Rücksicht, am allerwenigsten auf sich selbst. Seine Autobiografie ist eine Achterbahnfahrt von den Siebzigern bis heute. Und der Mann hat eine Menge erlebt. Von wegen »Dancing With Myself« – wir tanzen mit!

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