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Stephen Phillip Jones (born 3 September 1955) is an English rock and roll guitarist and singer, best known for his work as guitarist for the punk band Sex Pistols.

Steve Jones was born in Shepherd’s Bush, London. Steve has stated that his style of guitar-playing is derived from that of Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls and his early influences were Glam Rock icons like Roxy Music and David Bowie. He was an only child and his father Don Jarvis, an amateur boxer, left when he was two years old.

Up to the age of twelve he grew up in Hammersmith with his young mother, who worked as a hairdresser, and his grandparents. He then moved to Benbow Road in Shepherd’s Bush with his mother and stepfather where they lived in a one bedroomed basement. Jones never got on with his stepfather, who made his living making gaskets for electric cookers, “he was an arsehole, I was just extra baggage.” Problems began to occur from a young age and in 1972 he was the subject of a council care-order. As a teenager Jones was frequently in trouble with the police. He was a kleptomaniac and was arrested for a range of crimes including car theft, shoplifting and burglary. In the documentary The Filth and the Fury Jones said he grew up watching his parents steal from shops and during his teens he racked up 14 criminal convictions. He spent a year in a remand centre - which he says was more enjoyable than being at home, and has said that the Sex Pistols saved him from a life of crime or even prison.


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