Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has announced that he will publish his autobiography, “Lonely Boy”, on November 17th in the UK and January 10th in North America,
The project sees Jones collaborate with journalist Ben Thompson to share his story of growing up in the streets of Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush, West London, before forming Strand in 1972 and, eventually, the Sex Pistols in 1975 with vocalist Johnny Rotten, bassist Glen Matlock and drummer Paul Cook.
Inspired by New York bands the Ramones and the New York Dolls, among others, the Sex Pistols helped to propel the UK punk scene through a series of four singles and one studio album, 1977’s “Never Mind The Bollocks…Here’s The Sex Pistols”, before disbanding just three months after its release.
Jones spent years after the Pistols in a self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles where he battled with alcohol, heroin and sex addiction – caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse.
Alongside producing and playing on records by other artists, the guitarist was a member of several post-Pistols groups including The Professionals, Chequered Past and Neurotic Outsiders, as well as building a solo career.
He hosted the popular daily radio program “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on Indie 103.1 FM Los Angeles from 2004 to the station’s sign-off in 2009, welcoming special guests and spinning whatever tunes he wanted to play for listeners.