I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol

This is Glen Matlock’s autobiography about his time in the band, and is a reissue of the original 1990 book, with a few added chapters outlining what the Pistols have done since. This was cheap for Kindle on Amazon.

It starts off with a brief look at his life before the Pistols, but quickly get into how he joined the band. Something I did not know was that he was working in Malcolm McLaren’s shop long before he was taken on as the bassist for the band.

There are a lot of stories and details about Malcolm McLaren, each of the band members, and various other aspects of the Sex Pistols, as well as some things about Sid Vicious. It is all told seemingly honestly and unbiased. Like any musician there is a little ego, but not a giant one, and he did not resort mud-slinging. John Lydon is obviously a difficult character, but Glen overall seems to respect him quite a lot, as well as his other band mates. He said at one point that Steve Jones is the heart of the band…interesting, but probably true.

Sometimes his attempts at humour and turn of phrase did not work well, but on the whole it was well written.

Highly recommended for Sex Pistols fans.

Book count 2018: 5