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Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones announces memoir, 'Lonely Boy'

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Despite only ever releasing one album, The Sex Pistols are one of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock. Next year, fans will get an inside look into the machinations of this legendary group when guitarist Steve Jones releases his autobiography, Lonely Boy. According to publisher Da Capo, the memoir (written with journalist Ben Thompson) will tell the “modern Dickensian tale” of Jones’ journey from an abusive childhood in West London to his iconic exploits with Johnny Rotten and Malcolm McLaren.

Beyond the Sex Pistols, Lonely Boy will also cover Jones’ solo career in both music and acting, as well as his time in New York and Los Angeles battling addictions of all kinds (alcohol, heroin, sex). 

“Steve Jones’ contribution to music history is invaluable, and his riffs changed the world forever,” Da Capo executive editor Ben Schafer said in a statement. “Punk rock as we know it today would simply not exist without him. Lonely Boy is the true story of the origins of the Sex Pistols from the man himself.”

Lonely Boy will be available stateside from Da Capo on Jan. 10, 2017, following its U.K. release from William Heinemann.