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Billy Idol's rebel yell still echoes

Billy Idol's rebel yell still echoes

As the frontman of Generation X and the bleach-blond face of MTV's golden years, Billy Idol has endured every cliche of rock stardom. Drug addiction, model groupies, a rude wake-up call in the form of a harrowing motorcycle accident: All on Idol's resume and in his recent tell-all "Dancing With Myself" memoir. Years before pop-punk took over the airwaves, Idol's good looks and radio-friendly hooks earned him a reputation as a sellout among punk purists. But if all you remember are his neon-tinted videos and that trademark sneer, it might surprise you to know that Idol — real name William Broad — had no ghostwriter, either for his hits or his...

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