Dancing with Myself
Photo by Michael Muller/Touchstone Billy Idol exposes himself -- both literature-ly and literally -- in his raw new memoir.
By Billy Idol
Touchstone Books, 336 pp., $28
When a young, snotty, peroxide-headed English punk rocker needed a moniker more in touch with his current life than what his birth certificate said, he recalled what a chemistry professor had once written across the top of a school report: "William is IDLE."
But since the country already had a famous Idle (that would be Monty Python's Eric), and the lethargy of the word did not match his explosive lifestyle or stage presence, he repositioned a few letters -- and, by default, its meaning. Thus, William Broad became Billy Idol, one of the most reliable hitmakers and video stars of the '80s.