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Lonely Boy by Steve Jones review

Album Review

Artful dodging ex-Pistol’s unflinching autobiography

Subtitled Tales From A Sex Pistol and co-written with Ben Thompson, Lonely Boy might be eminently readable and engagingly light in tone (narrated as it is in, often hilarious, pub raconteur vernacular), but its content is sometimes surprisingly dark.

Aside from applying his undeniable musical muscle to the scalpel-sharp iconoclastic wit of John Lydon in the Pistols’ enduring blueprint for UK punk, Steve Jones has been a prolific kleptomaniac, an insatiable sex addict, a junkie reduced to touting a stack of stolen Heart promo shots around the streets of NYC’s Alphabet City to fund his next fix: “Filthy fucking vermin, I was.”

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