Written with the full co-operation of his late mother, the book charts Sid's story from his childhood to his final fix in New York. It details his life before, during and after the Sex Pistols, including what really happened in Sid and Nancy Spungen's Chelsea Hotel room in the early hours of October 12th 1978.
Complete with a discography, press cuttings and many rare photographs, is the definitive and authorised biography of a 20th century icon.
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Alan Parker's first book 'Sid's Way' was first published by Omnibus Press in November 1989. Over the years Alan has been involved in the best selling 'Satellite: Sex Pistols' (Abstract Sounds Publishing), and a never ending list of Sex Pistols albums with various record companies. He worked on the movie 'Sid And Nancy' as a script co-ordinator, and more recently was involved in the Channel 4/DVD release of 'Classic Albums: Never Mind The Bollocks'.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Sid and Nancy were living in Chelsea Cloisters at the time. "A smaller flat you have never seen, we used to joke that you had to stand in the shower to fry the bacon," says Anne Beverley. "But having said all that they liked it, at least up until Jubilee time when all the trouble started; then it became more like a prison. They could barely ever leave the place. Of course, this meant a deep descent into heroin addiction because - beyond sex - that was all Nancy ever did. That was her trip and now she was dong it 24/7." On June 27th, Sid called Sophie at Glitterbest at midnight. She must get them out of the country because everything was getting on top of them and they couldn't deal with it. The next day, John Rotten rang her, singing from the same hymn sheet. McLaren started making arrangements. They would tour Scandinavia straight away. During that week the Pistols camp grew further apart: Sid and John argued even more, Steve and Paul were sick of the pair of them. Although the group wouldn't actually call it a day for another nine months, it was during that week that they fell apart in a way that the court of King McLaren would never be able to fix again. Beyond all this, the group hadn't toured - or indeed looked like touring - the UK in an age, certainly since Sid had joined the group. A decision was made to put together a tour just before Christmas, regardless of council bans around the country. The group would go out and play under various names, including The Tax Exiles - although the tour would always be known by fans around the world as the S.P.O.T.S tour, which stood for Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly. Before this, and post-'God Save The Queen', the group issued two more singles: first, 'Pretty Vacant', which did get them on 'Top Of The Pops' although in this case against their wishes and, later, 'Holidays In The Sun', one of only three songs the group would complete after Glen Matlock had left. Their album Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols (originally titled 'God Save The Sex Pistols') had made it to Number One without getting replaced by anything and in spite of a blanket ban by chart return shops like Woolworths, Boots and W.H.Smiths. Over the years Sid's involvement with the album has been the subject of much speculation. First of all, is he on it? The answer to which is, yes: he plays some bass on 'God Save The Queen' and 'Bodies', although both are mixed very low and later overdubbed by Steve Jones...
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