• Tue. May 28th, 2024
Billy Idol Dancing with Myself Book

William Broad, better known by his stage name, Billy Idol, is one of the biggest rock stars out there, and rightfully so. Emerging from England’s punk rock scene in the latter half of the 1970s as a part of Generation X, it was his move to America and pursuance of a solo career that shot him into the annals of rock fame, with numerous rock/pop crossover hits. The road has been long and grueling, but Idol has forever cemented his place in rock and roll lore and fame.

Dancing With Myself is the official autobiography from Idol, chronicling his early years, his rise to fame, and the numerous obstacles and inner demons he faced once he made it to the top, as well as coming to terms with balancing the rocker life with a more traditional one.

The book explores Idol’s young life and school years, including a short-lived stay in the United States for a few years as a child, the later years of his youth and his discover of music, the initial struggles of playing punk music in a disenfranchised climate that was trying to ban it, starting his solo career and forging a path with other musicians, his professional business relationships including that with former KISS manager Bill Aucoin, an accident that crippled him severely, and his relationship with his family members.

Dancing With Myself is a solid autobiography, and I cannot see any fan of Idol’s being disappointed with the end results here. It is well written, with chapters that are fairly simple and to the point, yet hold a wealth of information on nearly every facet of our hero’s fast-paced rock and roll lifestyle. You’ve heard the songs on the radio for years, but this book puts things in perspective and tells you the story of how these classic hits came to be, with no shortage of stories and obscure information.

It is also good to see that the book does not just cover the “popular” stuff from Idol’s career; even some of his lesser known releases and eras are given a decent enough emphasis here (does anyone remember the ill-fated 1993 Cyberpunk album?) With fine details that go from what has become legend to that which often gets overlooked, there is plenty to love about this release for an Idol fan.

In the end, Dancing With Myself is an easy recommendation to anyone who has long admired Idol’s music and his place in popular culture. Definitely pick this one up.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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