Young Flesh Required: Growing Up With The Sex Pistols

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Young Flesh Required: Growing Up With The Sex Pistols

Alan G. Parker with Mick O’Shea

Published as a 336 page paperback with colour and black and white photos at £12.99

Publication  date: 1st July 2011

ISBN: 9780956642011

The year is 2005; the place is Foyle’s Coffee Shop, where Alan G. Parker and the late great Sean Body of Helter Skelter Publishing are talking music. The talk turns to the Sex Pistols and Alan reels off a string of anecdotes. Sean laughs and suggests Alan should write a book on the subject; after all, his life has been inextricably linked to the band since 1984 when Anne Beverley asked him to write a book on her son Sid Vicious.

Alan enlisted the help of Mick ‘Only Anarchists Are Pretty’ O’Shea, another self-confessed Pistols nut and, two updates later (to include stories on the latest Pistols’ reunions and a poignant lament on Malcolm McLaren’s death), here is the long-awaited Young Flesh Required. This is definitely Alan’s final word on the subject as he has other irons in the fire. He has saved his best until last as the book is the definitive work on the band.

This very personal account has to include all the important events in the band’s history, but of more interest to Pistols’ fans will be the stories which only ‘12 blokes down the pub know’ as Alan puts it. One of those blokes is Roadent, who roadied for both the Clash and the Pistols, so is uniquely placed to comment. There are fascinating tales from Glen Matlock, John ‘Boogie’ Tiberi and Malcolm McLaren amongst others.

Brian ‘Sixth Pistol’ Jackson has kindly supplied images of memorabilia which are scattered throughout the text. Many of these have never before been published in a book.

The only regret is that Sean Body never lived to see this work come to fruition. However, Phil and Sue Godsell who run Soundcheck Books were friends of his and have bought the rights to produce the book. They, and Alan and Mick, hope they have done Sean proud.

For a review copy, or to interview Alan or Mick, please contact Phil Godsell at Soundcheck Books on 07880 792259; phil@soundcheckbooks.co.uk.