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I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol

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I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol

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Glen Matlock, Pete Silverton
Pop Culture, Biography, Memoir, Music

We gave it a B

The original bass player for the Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock, was fired in 1977 and replaced by the barely competent Sid Vicious. I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol is the founding history of the leading punk band where Matlock traces the Pistols’ early influences — the Who, the Small Faces, and, remarkably, David Bowie — and describes the squabbles that hampered their four-year career. ”The Sex Pistols were a total failure,” says Matlock, who was more interested in playing music than making history, and who later formed the Rich Kids. ”It was like a case of premature ejaculation. Over in a flash, and deeply unsatisfying.” As the first band-member’s view of the group that rescued rock from the foolishness of the mid-’70s, this is an engaging if erratic memoir. B