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Sid Vicious: No One is Innocent

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Never mind the other biographies: Sid Vicious is the definitive guide to the life and times of the Sex Pistols front man. As a veteran punk-rocker who lived briefly with Sid’s mother, author Alan Parker is intimately acquainted with the musical and cultural scene that Sid Vicious dominated during his short life. This account fills in the gaps of John Simon Ritchie’s life, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Orion (first published 2008)
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This was a good read. The author took me back through the old familiar story and added more pieces I haven't read about elsewhere. I feel more sure than ever of what happened in Room 100 at the Chelsea Hotel, but less sure of what happened in the apartment where Sid died. I feel sure, though, that some of his informants had a great deal to hide, so probably there is far more out there to learn...
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: music fans, sid vicious junkies, sex pistol maniacs,
Shelves: non-fiction, music
I am ever so slightly biased because I really enjoyed reading about anything and everything Sid Vicious at one stage of my life (not that I'm not still fascinated by the man but..) When I first found this novel and bought it home with me I was so excited to finally read the life story of Sid Vicious and some might say that Alan Parker put Sid upon a pedestal but don't we all do that to our idols? Regardless, this is the best, and sadly, the only paperback available to read about Sid Vicious (Sim ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punk, music
I did enjoy this book but there was some parts that really annoyed me. It seems like the author has some kind of issue with John Lydon and I don't like how he gets put in a bad light all the time. I'd prefer if the author could keep the biography neutral and factual. Speaking of facts, there's a lot of things that's just wrong; quotes, dates and mixed up stories. Even the picture with Marky Ramone is photoshopped because there's missing one person from the photo. Why not use the original photo?
Christine (KizzieReads)
The info was great, but there could have been a bit more. I felt the writing was a bit jumpy for topics and long winded in paragraphs. It was also a bit dry and lacked something that I can't quite put my finger on.
I've had this book for a long time but didn't feel like reading this. Once I did, I enjoyed it. However, I found that the story before Nancy didn't interest me as much. Maybe it's because in my mind, it's always been Sid and Nancy. If you want to read Nancy's story, read "And I don't want to live this life" by her mother. THAT is an interesting and heartbreaking book.
David Pattison
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent contribution to the Sex Pistols/Sid Vicious library which isn't afraid to challenge conventional accounts of the story.

The fact that the author lived with the subject's mother for a time will obviously mean he has a certain angle. But that shouldn't put you off - in fact it means he gets some proper insights and quotes.

It's interesting to have some details of Sid's short but eventful life and career that weren't widely available at the time. His childhood, including a brief pre-
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He had no musical ability and had never played a guitar in his life. Yet despite (or perhaps because of) that John Simon Ritchie became the face of an influential music movement. Name not familiar? If I said Sid Vicious you'll know who I'm talking about.

Sid Vicious: No One is innocent. Traces the life of Sid from his early childhood to his death at the age of just 21. Sid often said he'd be dead by 21 and he was.

The author, Alan Parker has made something of a career of writing about Sid and it's
I've been interested in Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen ever since I was 14 and read the book by Nancy's mother Deborah, "And I Don't Want to Live This Life". I didn't really think I'd learn anything new from this book but was pleasantly surprised. The book explores Sid's childhood and teen years and his short time in college as an art student. I did find it boring at times when the author went into paragraphs about the business end of things. However, I liked that they went into detail about what ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Sid Vicious. Punk Icon. Legend.

As the author Alan Parker states, "Sid will never grow old like the rest of us. He is frozen in time at the age of 21"

I have always been interested and faciated by punk. And the I find it impossibel not to know about the Sex Pistols and their most famous member...John Simon Ritchie, mostly known as Sid Vicious.

It was a pretty intetesring read and I learned some things that I did not know.
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parker writes from a unique angle, in that he lived with Sid's mother for some time and shares with us her memories of Sid's troubled early years which are heartbreaking. There has been so much written about his downfall and death that it was refreshing to read more about his childhood and family dynamics.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looked really good ....blurb read well .....
Promised a bit of a conspiracy theory angle....
Alan Parker The Sid Vicious expert ........
Gonna tell me summat I didn't know.....
Sorry didn't happen.....

Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Might not be the most original of approach, but I can't help it. I loved it, from the first page to the last. And in the end, it is a complete and interesting tale of punk's most notorious and tragic icon.
Carol De lara
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting read, but kind of slow at times.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a great read into the life and work of sid.
his memory will always live on
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like watching a slow motion train wreck.
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