Nancy Spungen never wrote a song or played in a band in her life yet she has assumed a position in
rock mythology that has made the the image of her tumbling peroxide hair and kohled eyes as immortal as Sid's and forever joined as punks most
Mixed up kid, music lover, exotic dancer, prostitute, groupie, starf***er, drug addict and lastly girlfriend of Sid Vicious dead in the Chelsea Hotel New York. One view sees a manipulative siren - 'nauseous Nancy' - leading Sid Vicious to his death through drugs - 'A Titanic waiting for an iceberg to happen' said Johnny Rotten.
Another view sees a young disturbed 19 year old girl just following a dream in music, falling in love with another damage case and becoming a tragic doomed couple at odds with the world ending in premature violent death. A death and a life forgotten in the media frenzy as her partner and alleged killer, Sid, died soon after.
Nancy Spungen on her own was always destined to be a girl in the back of someone else's photograph. Sid Vicious and death gave her
This review is from: And I Don't Want to Live This Life (Hardcover)
I first read this book a few years ago and was so gripped by the story that I read it in two days. It is a shocking testament to the way the medical profession can get things so wrong and ultimately lay the foundations for years and years of heartbreak a parent may then have to suffer as a result. Clearly descriptive of a loving family who wanted to do all they could to help their troubled daughter make life better. I have read Sex Pistol books that refer to Nancy Spungeon as 'Nauseating Nancy'. It makes me sad that these human beings who coined that label clearly didn't know the extent of Nancy's troubled life, how much her family loved her and how hurtful it must have been to have heard your duaghter referred to as 'Nauseating Nancy'. I would recommend anyone who has even the slightest interest in human life and basic human decency to read this book. It was a very poignant book.