The One & Only: Peter Perrett, Homme Fatale


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SAF Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (2001) and Thin Man Press (2015)

“Enthralling reading.” – J. Hunter Bennett, Hitlist

“A richly detailed account that effortlessly negotiates Perrett’s private peccadilloes and his public life.” – Mojo

“The Only Ones were ‘my’ band… I went everywhere to see them.” – Johnny Marr

Nina Antonia’s cult classic biography of The Only Ones front man, Peter Perrett, is a roller-coaster ride through one of rock’s wildest, most unpredictable careers. Granted exclusive access to Perrett himself and everyone who matters in this extraordinary story, Antonia unflinchingly traces his path from privileged childhood to heavy duty drug dealer; from obscurity to decadent, promiscuous, heroin addicted rock icon; from antique-filled mansion to mouldering south London basement… Yet here, too, is the remarkable love story of Perrett’s 40-year marriage to ‘soul mate’ Zena, which survived all the highs and lows and led him, eventually, to redemption and creative rebirth.

With an introduction by John Cooper Clark.


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Nina Antonia and Peter Perrett in 1996. Photography by Kumi Noro