"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 out on a limb here, so watch my back." (Billy Idol)
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 long-awaited autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, searingly honest 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.
©2014 Billy Idol (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
The fact that Billy himself read the book, that was a pleasant surprise when I saw they finally had made the audio version. It's great to read a book where I remember key times in his career and can now know what was happening in his life. Stories in the book have made me look back at some videos and listen to the albums with a new context.
It's honesty, at times shocking (but not surprising!) life events, but ultimately sad reflection and regrets on mistakes made in the past and the pain caused to those close to him.
There is feeling and a sense of real intelligence. Billy Idol is underestimated, and this book helps to redress the balance.
Lots, particularly moments where he messes up yet again. Unfortunately there are many, but it's amazing he made it through to write this book.
Open and Honest - Extraordinarily insightful and self analyzing - somehow without passing judgement, except when it's relevant to the rest of the "story".
Left me with a sense of having gotten to know parts of the William that is Billy that perhaps others hadn't been around to seen.
The life itself is extraordinary, it's immediacy (some could argue short-sightedness?), intermixed with genuine balls, guts, and bravado to make sure you're in a position to take what you want in a world where there's generally just one person standing up for you..
The listener gets a real sense of the Authors emotional state as the experiences are being relived. A times it's subtle, but the emotions are there on display. It's surprisingly strong stuff if you're able to pick up on it.
Cyber Punk is brought up a few times - it's great record. I have had to buy it 3 times, as a result of friends wanting to own it after hearing mine.
The relationship developments that happen as William moves through life are very pronounced. Having said that it's evident that William always had a great sense of loyalty and "doing right" by those that do right by him.
Obviously the emotional scenes towards the later chapters are tough to even listen to, and it evident that they were hard to write and read back,.Living them must have been hard on everybody involved.
Even if you're not a fan of Billy Idol, this makes a great insight into the scene at the time, and personal circumstances of a member right at the front of wave 1.
If you, like me, have been a fan through the earlier years - and loved Cyber Punk as well.. This book will blow your mind with rawness, honestly and insight.
A remarkable share.
I was drawn to the book because the great man himself was reading it. That said initially I was unsure as I thought listening to Billy's raspy gravelly voice might be wearing but it wasn't so. In fact when he recalls some of his more colourful moments from his past you can hear his cheeky grin as he is reliving those moments which adds to the experience.
The bit where he does the rolling stone interview, won't spoil it but made me laugh out hard and loud!
There is only one William Broad, err I mean Billy Idol, listen to the man and admire the man. Its easy to look at someone like Billy with the swagger and presence and think..dick! But here is a guy who is intelligent and very well read.
Not especially if I'm honest, as mentioned below I wanted to crack out some Idol tunes in between listening to him
I am a Bill fan, if you grew up in the original punk era listening to the Damned, Pistols, Buzzcocks, Skids etc. then I'm sure you will love this book, not just because Billy's life story is fascinating but because he lived that era and intertwines with alot of the people and events of that time so its great to reminisce.For me Billy is in a tiny tiny group of mortals who were born to be front men. You know who they are and you can probably count them on one hand. Add to that the fact he is a true rock star who's taken enough drugs to put a rhino to sleep, bedded more women than a 1000 men put together and drank enough booze to sink a ship, and live through it means for me with the personality, swagger and lifestyle he is a true punk rock icon/god.One other thing to note, make sure you have some GenX, Idol music on standby as I defy you not to listen to some of the audio book then have to crank out some King Rocker or White wedding! Billy, you sir, are a legend, and I err, love you!
I loved Billy Idol in the 80's but lost track if him as I grew. Well now I know the whole sordid tale. I have enjoyed the rough and often crude descriptions of his antics. He has however managed to remain human and vulnerable. Its a miracle he's still alive.
Brilliantly written and executed by one of my most favourite artists. Thank you, Billy, for such a fascinating, touching and funny view into your life. I feel very privileged to have listened this from the man, himself.
Billy is, was and will always be a true legend of rock and roll. Billy Idol. Forever!
"no one could tell it better than Billy himself "
absolutely love it, if you love Billy Idol then get the book Dancing with myself
Billy really didn't pull any punches or gloss anything over in this interesting autobiography. Having grown up listening to him, I was enchanted with the stories behind the songs and the little trivia you'd probably never know about otherwise. But it's raw for sure. While I know about the whole "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll" thing, I never imagined what a junkie he was. It made me kinda sad, in a way.
He does a great job reading it in his low, gravelly (and dare I say, sexy) voice, and it almost feels like you're kicking back, listening to him on the phone or something. It moves a bit slowly in some places, and some of his descriptives were a bit over-the-top, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
"Now I know !"
Rare treat to hear Billy read the book...his words,with his emotion. huge fan since Genx.
"Brilliant Billy Idol"
Smart honest witty and strong.
Billy Idol is an icebreaker pushing through the permafrost. Soulful and fearless Billy Idol is respectable and intelligent on his own terms. All the while tangoing with Death Mr Broad bravely remains a sensitive Punk.
Loved the book and was left wanting to shake William's in thanks for the no doubt at times excruciating effort put forth documenting his journey through hindsight 20 20 prism.
Thank you Billy
"Not for the faint of heart"
Yes. In the end, Billy Idol goes straight to your heart.
Billy Idol mentions several times how horrible he feels about his failed relationship with Perri Lister
This book kept my interest, I didn't want to stop listening. However, this is not a suitable book for the younger set, as it has rather rough language and content.
"it was a heartfelt, intelligent story !"
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narration. what an amazing life! Billy is way more intellectual that I would have originally guessed (sorry) and his insights were powerful. wonderful story!
"Cool Billy idol"
There is hope for me.
Good book performance is great if you like sex drugs and rock, hard rock and roll!
"Great story of a life lived to the fullest"
Good to listen while driving long distance. As a fan this gave much insight into his music and on his diy attitude which are the reasons most likely why I'm such a big fan of Billy Idol.
He is a true success and a Biker he is a great son and father. I like the fact he narates he's own book much better for a memoir. Billy you Rock going to see you in Vegas in May. Paul Corrado
"Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll - all in excess"
Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll - few have done it to excess the way Billy Idol has. Very well written and reveals enough to give me a new found increased appreciation for what he has accomplished in his career. It's also amazing that he is still alive to tell the story. Some of the big surprises are how well-read he is as well as his songwriting process. He really had a solid vision of what he wanted to achieve and pulled it off.
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