- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (September 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451628517
- ISBN-13: 978-1451628517
- ASIN: 145162851X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 370 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Billy Idol is very candid, unapologetic, and honest; he does admit that he behaved like a fool and that it cost him, however in his case not financially, but artistically and emotionally. His inability to control his addictions literally cost him the love of his life. He is the kind of person who could have told me: “I didn’t mean it, I didn’t do it on purpose”, and I would have believed him – which is rare in my case – because he obviously could not, and this is where I understood the complexity of addiction. Billy Idol also surprised me in several ways: first of all, and probably most notable for a rock star, is his respect of women, even if he cheated on some, and he is extremely loyal, which is not that common in the musical world. He is also not an egotistical maniac, although he knows what he is good at, he readily praises those who deserve it, most of all Steve Stevens his long-time guitarist. I was also agreeably surprised at how well-spoken Billy Idol is; he is well-read, and it shows; DANCING WITH MYSELF is exceptionally well written. He also has that dry British sense of humour that I appreciate. DANCING WITH MYSELF also includes a very helpful index, and even in the digital copy, tons of fabulous photos, both black and white and colour. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. And I dare you not to sing along!
Please check out my notes I took throughout the book for some things that stood out to me.
I thought this was a well-written memoir and I am thoroughly impressed that he wrote this without a ghost writer. Yes, there some slow parts, but I liked that throughout the book, Billy is introspective and emit a great understanding of his life. He does apologize a lot in it, especially to his ex-love, Perri. He talks extensively of his drug abuse and it's quite the portrayal. I also think Billy should explore a career in erotica writing because he sure knows how to describe a sex scene and they are real events he was an active participant in! lol This comes as no surprise, but I was pretty impressed by his ability to describe these events with such vivid detail.
After reading about his life, I think I've come away with a newfound respect for Billy as an artist and as a man. He's definitely one lucky bastard to still be walking this earth and performing, but he seems humbled by the events of his life and he's just enjoying it now and doing what he loves, which includes spending time with his now adult children and nurturing their interests, performing and of course, riding his Harley.
A lot of his career followed the theme of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll that was often true of many singers and bands in those days. This theme seemed to control most of his life, to the point where at times it was a wonder that he was capable of much of anything and truly a wonder that he didn’t manage to accidently kill himself from an overdose. This book did not shy away from the darker aspects of his life. It discussed everything, both the good and the bad, in honest detail from the perspective of the man who lived through it all.
I think the part of the book that I enjoyed the most, was at the end. It included a number of pictures from throughout his life, as well as pictures of his parents before they were married. I did enjoy reading this book. His life was not always easy, but it was definitely interesting.