This might strike you with a little bit of a surprise but I have been a fan of the music of Billy Idol since I first heard his 1981 debut solo release “Don’t Stop”. Mind you I was still quite the Rocker and the burgeoning Metalhead back then but based on some of the folks that I was jamming with I developed an appreciation of the musical offerings of the all too infectious Idol without any hesitation. That said I am pretty stoked to announce that today at noon, Mr. Idol will be signing copies of his brand new autobiography “Dancing With Myself” at the Fifth Avenue Barnes and Noble. The book was officially released yesterday but you will need to purchase one at the B&N in order to participate in this cool event. Check out the cover of the book and the press copy that I snagged from his official website.
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, he delivers an electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame—from his early days as frontman of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he led—all rendered with the in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the evolution of rock and culture, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career. Featuring sixteen pages of behind-the-scenes photos, Dancing With Myself is a survivor’s story at its heart, but also an enchanting, sometimes chilling, and always riveting account of one man’s creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire, this startling memoir is unmistakably literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers.
“I came to New York in the spring of 1981, my Country Gentleman guitar in one hand, a suitcase in the other, the trunk with my pink Elvis ’50s-style jacket and the sum of my effects on my back. Surely this city, with its skyscrapers reaching into the ozone, touching hitherto unknown heights, might welcome yet another stranger in a strange land, one more explorer doing his damndest to act unafraid in the face of his exceedingly uncertain future. The heavens blazed my coming to America that first night with shooting stars and a strange halo effect that may well have been the man in the moon laughing at my audacity. Some thirty-three years later, I come to you again, with a story to tell. You know me as Billy Idol, the hell-raising rebel who’s lived life to the full—sometimes fuller than life would allow. But I am also William Michael Albert Broad, a working-class kid from the suburbs of London: a dreamer with his nose forever in a book, cursed with feeling too much, dreaming too big, and suffering slights too deeply. Life gave me a golden key when I fell in love with rock ’n’ roll (thanks to the music in my Irish mum’s blood), and a whole new world opened up to me. With this world came every opportunity, and every temptation under the sun; around-the-clock excess. 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 am putting it all down, every bit from the heart. I am going out on a limb here, so watch my back.”
That being said, Mr. Idol will be signing copies of this new book “Dancing With Myself” at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue in NYC. The full address is 555-5th and you can learn more about the event itself by clicking HERE.
I recommend reading the rules for the signing as they are generally pretty strict about them in terms of photography and things you can bring along. This event looks to be starting early as well which is why I got this online for you a half day early. At least you don’t have to wait forever like with some other signings. With the Comic Con only twenty four hours away at the time of this posting I am not sure that I will be able to participate in this one but I sure do want to read the book. Check Billy’s official website for additional dates on his signing and to learn more about the US tour that he announced yesterday. You can also order the book for nice and cheap (but unsigned) via Amazon.com – My plan is to review this on the website as soon as I get my hands on one and this is sure to be a fun read on an interesting and innovative musical personality.
Official Website: http://www.billyidol.net