October 8, 2010 / 5:45 AM / 8 years ago

Billy Idol promises drugs, booze and women in his memoir

Singer Billy Idol performs during the VOLT music festival in Sopron July 1,2010. Picture taken July 1. REUTERS/Nepszabadsag/Bernadett Szabo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - British punk rocker Billy Idol is writing his memoir and promises not to hold back on the details about drugs, booze and women.

Idol said he personally would be writing his memoir “Dancing with Myself,” named after his 1980s hit single, which will be published by Simon & Schuster division Touchstone in late 2011 or early 2012.

“Life gave me a golden key when I fell in love with rock n roll music,” Idol said in a statement on his website.

“This world opened up to me with all the good opportunities but also every temptation - the drugs, the booze, the women, the 24-hour around-the-clock excess. And yet you have to write good songs to survive. Life had to be lived to do all that!”

Idol, 54, said he was going to put it all down.

“I’m going out on a limb here, so watch my back,” he added.

Idol rose to fame in the days of punk rock as the lead singer of the band Generation X. He embarked on a solo career in 1981 with hits including “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell” and continues to tour.

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