Dancing With Myself

Dancing With Myself

eBook - 2014
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Chosen by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 Best Music Books of 2014 ђ́جThatђ́ةs what Iђ́ةm talking aboutђ́ŒOf all these memoirs, Dancing With Myself was the only one that stimulated my envyђ́ؤmade me want to be Billy Idol for five minutesђ́Œ.Heђ́ةs a genuine romantic, writing in a kind of overheated journalese about his London punk rock rootsђ́Œand then falling head over heels for Americaђ́ح (James Parker, The New York Times Book Review).An early architect of punk rockђ́ةs sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into popђ́ةs mainstream as one of MTVђ́ةs first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ђ́بnђ́ة roll icon. Now, in his New York Times bestselling autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, ђ́جrefreshingly honestђ́ح (Daily News, New York) account of his journey to...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781451628524
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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CurlyWhirly
Jul 21, 2019

If you are at all interested in reading what British pop singer, Billy Idol has to say about himself, his music career, and the post-punk movement in pop music history, then, "Dancing With Myself" is sure to be a worthwhile read for you.

At the time of writing this autobiography, Idol was 60 years old and even though his "days of glory" are now clearly a thing of the past, he's not wallowing in bitterness nor drowning himself in a haze of drugs and alcohol to blur out the fact that he's no longer in the spotlight.

In addition to Idol's candid recounting of his "15-Minutes-Of Fame" - This memoir also includes, for your added enjoyment, a number of pages of photographs, as well.

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Derringer
Nov 11, 2018

"Dancing With Myself" is the autobiography by British pop star, Billy Idol (aka. William Albert Broad).

In his heyday - Idol was a part of the MTV Generation.

In this book he tells of both the highs as well as the lows of his music career where he often felt as if he were riding on a literal roller coaster a good part of the time.

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ManMachine
Oct 20, 2018

If you are at all curios about what's going on behind that twisted sneer and the platinum-blonde spiky hair - "Dancing With Myself" is Billy Idol's "tell-all" adventure story that openly invites the inquisitive reader into that old, familiar realm of "Sex, Drugs, & Rock'n'Roll".

Written back in 2014 (when Idol was turning 60) - This 320-page autobiography also covers Idol's formative years when he was back in Middlesex, England, long before being catapulted from a pugnacious, little punk into a glittering, glowing pop star (thanks ever so much to MTV).

This book also includes a 16-page photo gallery for your viewing pleasure, as well.

(*Watch "Dancing With Myself" music-video*)

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Jeffsuke
Mar 20, 2016

I guess my expectations were high. A very forgettable book. A jumbled mess at times much like his life. As a fan of his music I wish I could recommend, but I just can't do it.

JamesBayRidge Dec 06, 2014

I am quite surprised when I opened the book, just published and could not have had more than one patron before me, that the early pages were stained with some type of red sauce. Also that so many pages were turned down on their corners. Such a pity that so much disrespect is shown to books.

Perhaps that previous renter was a self-serving, self-involved poser like the author appears to have been in the 1980's. Idol takes us along with him as he revisits his "brat" years as a MTV superstar. He lets us in on some of the inspiration he had for his most famous songs, but makes no excuses for his behavior.
He seems to be, at almost sixty years old, at peace with himself. Of course the whole book could just be a way to restart his career which, like so many artists of the 1980's has fizzled out in the way that MTV has from such heights of stardom to nostalgia "remember when MTV played music videos".
As far as rock autobiographies, this one if alright. Idol tries his hand at prose and seem genuine in his desire to tell his story. The only thing is whether you care enough to read it.

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daeb
Nov 22, 2014

Not bad, pretty much what you'd expect. Ah, the good old days...

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trotter73
Nov 19, 2014

I listened to Billy Idol when I was a kid until his Cyberpunk album, which seemed to end his career.
There are some interesting stories in here, it gets repetitive at times though.
The lifestyle he lived, it's quite amazing he didn't die from an OD.

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trotter73
Nov 19, 2014

Sexual Content: a couple graphic stories

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