• Title: 12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols and America
  • Author: Noel E. Monk Jimmy Guterman
  • ISBN: 9780688112745
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Days on the Road The Sex Pistols and America In the mid seventies the Sex Pistols the most controversial rock and roll band ever erupted out of London offending everyone from members of Parliament to the rock establishment it sought to unsea
    In the mid seventies, the Sex Pistols, the most controversial rock and roll band ever, erupted out of London, offending everyone from members of Parliament to the rock establishment it sought to unseat With its raw, anarchic sounds, aura of sex and violence, outrageous behavior, and concerts that frequently degenerated into near riots, the band changed the rules of rock aIn the mid seventies, the Sex Pistols, the most controversial rock and roll band ever, erupted out of London, offending everyone from members of Parliament to the rock establishment it sought to unseat With its raw, anarchic sounds, aura of sex and violence, outrageous behavior, and concerts that frequently degenerated into near riots, the band changed the rules of rock and roll forever Add to that the early death of band member Sid Vicious, by heroin overdose, and you have all the ingredients for a legend.In January 1978, the Sex Pistols came to the United States for a twelve day tour, mostly of cities in the Deep South 12 Days on the Road is an extraordinary moment by moment re creation of that wild adventure by Noel E Monk, the Sex Pistols American tour manager, and veteran journalist Jimmy Guterman Here is a sensational, explosive chapter in the history of rock Booklist that is also a touching and improbable tale of innocence and exploitation Kirkus Reviews.

    One Reply to “12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols and America”

    1. This is the account of the Sex Pistols' notorious tour of the American South in 1978; sort of the nadir, or the Altamont, if you will, of the punk era. I've always wanted to read about this, and here's the book. I saw it a few days ago at the store for $2 and couldn't resist diving in. Gotta love those guys. Yes, I happen to believe that "Never Mind the Bollocks" is one of the greatest records ever made.I have some issues with this book. Noel Monk, the SP's American road manager, writes about hi [...]

    2. Noel Monk was a no-nonsense Vietnam vet given the arduous task of policing the Sex Pistols through their chaotic tour of America's deep south in 1978. This is a fascinating period of the band for me so this book was a joy. Although the tour only lasted 12 days there's plenty here to keep the reader interested. It's quite a grim adventure and some of the tales of the band's and particularly Sid's excesses can be jarring, especially one harrowing story of a groupie's rather unfortunate liaison wit [...]

    3. Best read as a supplement to books like "England's Dreaming" (just so you can truly but the Pistols in context as the Monkees of the punk world-- fun songs by a prefabricated band) the book is alternately hilarious and depressing. The book covers the final days of the Sex Pistols as they take their ill-fated tour of the States. Sid Vicious is a hopeless junkie, Johnny Rotten is totally in love with himself and Paul and Steve want out. A very good document written by a man on the tour.Ever get th [...]

    4. Oh. My. God. I've seen a very poor quality video from this tour - taken from the back of the San Antonio venue. Johnny leans into his mike as C&W types literally spit at him, and purrs, "F*ckin' cowboy faggots" Reality TV was years away, but upon arrival never bested this scene.

    5. One of the properties out there I would love to turn into a movie one day (god willing). Great book and it was hard to put down. A lot of good intimate details about the sex pistols on the road for the first time in the U.S. traveling around Texas and beyond. Fascinating!

    6. I know about the Sex Pistols and can even spout a few words of their songs. But not much beyond that. I am aware that they were short-lived, that their influence is a polarising issue, that Sid Vicious was a character that met a tragic end, and you can't believe everything you see in The Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle. But even if I didn't, I'd have read this. 12 Days on the Road is an engrossing blow-by-blow journey of the Pistols as they toured the United States in 1978. The tour would end in thei [...]

    7. The sad thing about the Sex Pistols at the point of their one and only U.S. tour was that the band was already falling apart; Sid was a mess; just a junkie who added image but couldn't really play bass and would often be awol looking for a fix. Steve and Paul got along and provided the music but they didn't really get along with John who was the poet of the band. Their manager, Malcolm McClaren himself was a posuer and didn't dirty his fingers with the day to day issues that are cataloged well h [...]

    8. I've been in a Sex Pistols kick lately.I really enjoyed this book.Have you seen "Sid and Nancy"? Remember the part where the band comes to America? This book documents that time.But what about Sid in the hospital when he crashes through a glass door and the band breaks up in the hospital?That doesn't happen.What happens is Johnny refuses to go with the band to South America to play back-up for a train robber. The band just falls apart. Nobody really cares about it anymore.And now I wonder how vi [...]

    9. I really enjoyed reading about the last days of the Pistols and their doomed American tour. It makes you realize how they were just a bunch of mixed up kids and not the idols they are made out to be.

    10. In January of 1978, the Sex Pistols went on a 12-day tour of the States. The last show was at the Winterland, in San Francisco; the band broke up that night. The story goes that they all hated each other by then and that the show was absolutely terrible, but everyone who went to it was changed forever because even on a bad night, the Pistols were not like anyone else. This book chronicles that tour. It was written by the tour manager. In the third-person present tense omniscient. So that was awk [...]

    11. Talking as much about the revolution that was the early punk movement as the quirks of the band, Noel Monk (author and American road manager) records the chaotic first and last US tour of the Sex Pistols in almost diary format. Depicting Johnny, Sid andose other guys part young boys and part barely caged monkey (when you wipe your own poo on the wall and break furniture wherever you go, monkey-like is an accurate title) you begin to know the intimate details of the band that you can't see from l [...]

    12. Brutal, gritty account of the Sex Pistols' glorious disaster of an American tour. Written by the Pistol's tour manager Noel E. Monk and journalist Jimmy Guterman, this sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll odyssey actually has a strong, narrative drive. Some sophomoric commentary ("Nine days from now, everything will be back in order, the sound of the cool Dallas evening filled with conservative country-and-western music and even more reactionary ideas") and maybe even some tall-tales, but all-in-all a [...]

    13. The tour diary from hell. By the time the Sex Pistols crashed and burned at Winterland, they were guaranteed a berth in the annals of infamy. This memoir recants the author's trip across the U.S. with the band on their disastrous tour. It provides an unpleasantly vivid window into the attitudes and personalities of the band members, from Johnny Rotten's insecurity-covering snarl to Sid Vicious' drug-addled cluelessness and lack of musical talent. It's not a pretty read, but this is about as clos [...]

    14. 12 Days on the Road chronicles the 1978 US tour of the Sex Pistols, told from the view of the band's road manager. For the majority of the time Johnny Rotten was sulky and apathetic; Sid Vicious was going through heroin withdrawal---in the background Steve Jones and Paul Cook hated them both. It all makes a very fascinating story to tell.

    15. Writing is above average for this kind of book. Very thorough and amusing account of the Pistols' U.S. tour. Lots of colorful detail that pushes the narrative and tour forward. It paints a really pathetic portrait of Sid Vicious and documents how Johnny Rotten was essentially squeezed out of the band due to Malcom McClaren's management (or lack thereof). I'd say this is essential reading if you are a true Pistols fan.

    16. British Punk meets the American South. A generally unremarkable account of the Sex Pistols' late Seventies tour of the southern states. Co-authored by the group's manager, the book focuses more on the problems the manager faced than providing any real insight into the band or punk movement it launched.

    17. I love the Sex Pistols - so I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at their disasterous US tour that ended with the break-up of the band in San Francisco. If you enjoy punk rock this is a great look at one of the pioneers.

    18. A rollicking, partying, insane look at the Sex Pistols 1978 American tour of mostly cities in the deep south. Truly crazy stuff!

    19. anger, hatred, svengali, rednecks, exploitation, heroin, sid having sick-poops on a woman's head whilst receiving oral pleasure, it's all here.

    20. very good read of The sex pistols tour. If your into Punk music you've probably read this, & if not you must NOW!

    21. Yet another book that wound up at my parents house somehow, and since I was there, I read it! What a CRAAAAZY group. And that's an understatement of massive proportions.

    22. I remember reading this at summer camp when I first started getting in to punk rock. It's entertaining enough.

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