“It was just the right time, the right bunch of guys getting together at the right time,” he said of the band’s chaotic rise and lasting influence on music. It will be moderated by Grammy Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman and it happens on the same day of the release of Jones’ autobiography “Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol,” on Da Capo Press. Jones’ appearance at the museum is part of the Grammy’s busy lineup of public programs that features conversations with artists at the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.
“Obviously we’re the Grammy Museum so we’re going to focus on his musical work but it’s interesting to talk to an artist and get into their back story a little bit and connect the dots in terms of who they are as a person to who they are as musicians.” “I’m a lot happier where I am now then when I was 20 years old,” Jones added during a recent interview. The book release and Grammy talk will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, “Never Mind the Bollocks,” released in 1977.“We’ll talk about the book because the book covers a lot about his life, including the music,” Goldman said.
I would probably be in jail or something. I don’t know, who knows, but it wouldn’t be good I don’t think,” said the 61-year-old punk pioneer who will talk all about his life and influential genre-defining career with the Sex Pistols at the Grammy Museum onTuesday. Just like the punk movement he led back in the 1970s with his short-lived but seminal band the Sex Pistols, Steve Jones’ life has often been chaotic, rebellious and at times tragic as he’s dealt with child abuse, neglect and drug addiction. Yet through all the angst, debauchery and life-threatening addictions, the English guitarist has always had music to hang on to as his “lifeline.” “I wasn’t going down a good road.
A CONVERSATION WITH STEVE JONES
19, 8 p.m., $20 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles Tickets: $20Information: 213-765-6800, www.grammymuseum.orgOther Upcoming Programs in January:An Evening with Doyle Bramhall II: Sunday, 8 p.m., $20Great Guitars: Eric Johnson, Jan. TuesdayWhere: The Grammy Museum, 800 W. When: 7:30 p.m.
“When it comes to what defines me as a person, a lot of the best things in my life have come about because of the worst things, which is a weird one when you try and think about divine intervention and all that bollocks. The 320-page memoir is filled with brutally honest accounts of his life. It would be a pretty twisted kind of God who would say ‘Let’s abuse that child so he can go off the rails and form a band.’ But looking back, I do feel like someone or something — God, destiny, whatever you want to call it — definitely threw me a lifeline in giving me music to hang onto,” Jones writes in the book.