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Vicious: The Art of Dying Young

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  8 reviews
As one of the first musicians to take punk into the limelight, Sid Vicious became an icon at a very young age. His powerful musical legacy cannot be denied, and neither can the vivid self-destructiveness of his lifestyle, which ended infamously in scandal and suicide. Biographer Mark Paytress documents the meteoric rise and fall of the punk-rock legend, painting a ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 15th 2004 by Sanctuary Publishing
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Heli Vuokila
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
start of the book is really boring. just lots of dates and names. bit confussing.
Sari-Anne Nousiainen
Synkkä ja ahdistava, mutta hyvin kirjoitettu ja mielenkiintoinen tarina nuoren miehen itsetuhosta ja punkista.
Lynsey Walker
You know a book about a person is bad when it makes you end up hating the person it was about.

But hay, maybe it’s not the books fault, maybe he was just a knob, and the book was still bad.

I love the aesthetic of Mr Vicious and the whole Punk age, so when i kind friend sent me this book i was tres excited, it didn’t last long, i’d say at best a 100 pages.

Apart from the fact who ever proof read this should be shot (i counted at least 10 basic spelling mistakes) the whole story (i’d use the word
Cheryl Sim
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Could've been a captivating read, but Paytress has a droning and rambling style. Maybe he himself was taken with the "nothing is everything, everything is nothing" mantra that poor Sid misconstrued in living out a wasted life (or wasting a life to be lived).

I've been thinking that Ian Curtis of Joy Division would've been better subject material -- he was more talented, but sadly, hasn't the iconic status that Sid Vicious has to this day.
Timo Vuorensola
Ihan passeli, joskin vähän yliromantisoitu kuvaus Sidin elämänraakileesta. Hyvä vastapaino Deborah Sprungenin 'Nancy' -kirjalle, muttei mikään musiikkikirjallisuuden merkkipaalu. Kirjoitettu kuitenkin kiinnostavasti, ja koska allekirjoittanut ei Pistolseja aikaisemmin ole sen enempää kuunnellut - tosin ei jälkeenkään - näkyi futaavan myös märkäkorvalle nojatuolipunkkarille.
Tiffany Newman
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
great book to read. i learn a lot about sid and his childhood and become big in a famous punk band in the 70s and his famous girlfriend. talks about his death all his drugs problems. great book for anyone who love punk and music
Jane Gollner
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate anti hero! A fascinating and illuminating read. In the words of Lydon 'poor old Sid'.
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Mark Paytress is a journalist, author and broadcaster. A regular contributor to MOJO magazine, his work has also appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, Radio Times, Q, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Maxim, La Repubblica and Record Collector.

His books include Bolan: The Rise & Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar (Omnibus Press), Break It Up: Patti Smith’s Horses And The Remaking Of