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Nine Eight Books to publish memoir from Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock

Nine Eight Books, the dedicated music imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has acquired Triggers: A Life in Music from Sex Pistols legend, Glen Matlock.

Publishing Director Pete Selby acquired world rights from Adrian Sington at Kruger Cowne

Triggers: A Life in Music charts the remarkable life and career of Matlock, told through the lens of his most formative songs – from the ones that influenced him as a child to the ones he wrote and played on as a star.

Sharing insider tales of the Sex Pistols’ earliest gigs and stormiest reunions, as well as their most idiosyncratic inter-band dynamics, Triggers offers a vivid insight into the ultimate icons of punk and beyond. 

Having performed and recorded with so many musical luminaries over the decades, Matlock also reflects on his time with the likes of Iggy Pop, David Bowie, the Faces, Blondie and many more. Triggers is the story of an outspoken, uncompromising man and a remarkable, game-changing musician.

Glen Matlock said: “I am surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed the process of writing this book. It is easy to take for granted what an extraordinary life being on the road playing music is – I’ve been doing it for getting on for 50 years. And writing this book has brought back long buried memories – some good, some not so good – but always triggered by the songs I have sung – or listened to. I think that readers of my book will be able to take a walk back through their own lives with me. I certainly hope so.”

Pete Selby said: “Nearly fifty years after his legendary first band lit a powder keg under British popular culture, Glen’s fire still burns with the same incandescent flame that it did in his youth. Five decades after his songs soundtracked the first winter of discontent, Glen Matlock is still a man who is not taking it lying down. This is the revealing, funny, eloquent reflections from a songwriter and musician who helped change everything.”

Glen Matlock is the legendary former bass player and songwriter in the Sex Pistols. He is credited with co-writing ten of the twelve tracks on their sole studio album, ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’. He left the band in 1977 and formed the Rich Kids with Midge Ure, enjoying chart success with their 1978 ‘Rich Kids’ single.

Matlock has been involved in all three subsequent Sex Pistols reunions tours, the last of which took place in 2007 before relations with singer John Lydon once again broke down. In April 2023, Matlock released his sixth solo album, ‘Consequences Coming’, and is currently playing with Blondie on their album and tour.

Triggers: A Life in Music will be published in hardback, audio and eBook on 12th October 2023.