The abrasive Ian Dury always met life head on, in his relationships and in his music, and this acclaimed biography does not shrink from chronicling some his darker moments as well as his triumphs. Author Richard Balls talked to over 50 of Dury's friends as well as Dury himself shortly before his death. Dury's extraordinary life was always a battle. As rocker, lyricist, artist and actor he was unsentimental and uncompromising. As a man he was harder to fathom - until now. In this classic rock biography, the self -styled diamond geezerA" stands revealed as a real diamond after all. This edition is updated to cover the release of the biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and includes original interviews with Oscar-winning actor Andy Serkis who starred as Dury in the film.
Richard Balls is the author of two books: Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll: The Life Of Ian Dury (Omnibus Press) and Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story (Soundcheck Books). He was journalist for 20 years, starting his career in local papers in London before moving to Dublin, where he wrote for a range of national papers including the Sunday Press, Sunday Times and Irish Times. In 1999 he joined the Eastern Daily Press and was appointed news editor of the Norwich Evening News before moving into communications. He lives in Norwich with his wife and two daughters.