And I Don’t Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen

And I Don't Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen
And I Don't Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen
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Recommend by Dawn Renton

As a lover of all things punk rock, this book has definitely been on my must-read list for a while.

Written by Nancy’s mother Deborah, It is an honest account of how troubled and disturbed her daughter was and how she met Sid Vicious which would ultimately become her (and his) downfall.

It sheds a great big floodlight on Nancy growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, her spiral into drug addiction and her relationship with Sid.

However, this book isn’t just another romanticised story of Sid and Nancy, punk’s answer to Romeo and Juliet, it is an account of how one mother came to terms with her daughter’s murder.

Brutally honest and heartbreaking, Deborah doesn’t point the finger of blame at anyone just gives her version of what happened.

I couldn’t put the book down and the inclusion of Sid’s letters to Deborah at the end are touching and gives an insight into the love between Sid Vicious, punk ambassador and ‘Nauseating Nancy’.

And did he do it? No, don’t be silly, he loved her.