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Steve Jones was the guitarist for the pioneering English punk rock band the Sex Pistols.
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It's said he swiped microphones from David Bowie, a few guitars from Rod Stewart, even a fur coat from the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood.
Following the release of the Pistols' album, the band, which had replaced Matlock with Lydon's old friend Sid Vicious,
headed to America for a series of concert dates. But the tour quickly collapsed, as did the group, when Lydon abruptly walked off the stage in the middle of a show at Winterland in San Francisco in January 1978. Essentially, the Pistols were through, but Cook and Jones kept things going a bit longer with a series of additional singles that were used in McLaren's film account of the band, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980), which was directed by the group's longtime friend Julien Temple.
With the Pistols' end came personal problems for Jones. Drug issues consumed his life, including an addiction to heroin. He cleaned himself up in 1987.
Still, even during this stretch, Jones didn't completely cut himself off from his musical interests. After working to back up several songs for Joan Jett in 1979, Jones teamed up with Cook again the following year to form a new group called the Professionals. The band put out two albums before breaking up in 1982. Jones quickly regrouped and got back in the band-forming business with a new-wave group, Chequered Past. That too was short-lived and split up following the release of its only album, in 1984.
In the 1980s, Jones moved to Los Angeles, where he became a popular session musician for a variety of acts, including Iggy Pop, Duran Duran's Andy Taylor, and Bob Dylan.
In the early 1990s Jones stepped back onto the stage with a new band, Neurotic Outsiders.
In addition to his recording and performance work, Jones has also dabbled in acting, and for several years he's hosted a popular FM music show, Jonesy's Jukebox, on an L.A.-based indie station.
In 1996, to the delight of Sex Pistols fans, Jones reunited with Lydon, Cook and Matlock for a tour, followed by a new album, 1997's Filthy Lucre Live. The Filth and the Fury, a documentary about the band, directed by Temple, debuted in 2000.
Jones resides in Los Angeles.
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Following the "Swinging London" era of the 1960s, a new group of cultural icons arose. The 1970s saw the emergence of the punk rock movement, built upon the wave of psychedelic and folk rock music introduced in the '60s. In the post-hippie era of the early '70s, rock 'n' roll had a new glam image, pioneered by outrageously dressed rockers like David Bowie and Marc Bolan. Soon other acts followed, most notably young performers like Siouxsie Sioux and groups like T.Rex and The Clash. The music of the '70s inspired fashion as well, in particular designer Vivienne Westwood, whose punk designs for the Sex Pistols helped define the decade's London style. Biography.com looks at the various icons who defined London in the '70s.
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