And I Don't Want to Live This Life

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And I Don't Want to Live This Life
The 1991 cover of And I Don't Want to Live This Life.
Author Deborah Spungen
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Published 1983 (Random House)
Media type Print (Hardback, Paperback)
Pages 386
ISBN 0394533720

And I Don't Want To Live This Life is a non-fiction book written by Deborah Spungen. Published by Random House in 1983, it is about her daughter, Nancy Spungen, who died from a stab wound to the abdomen at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City in 1978. Nancy's then boyfriend, Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was accused of and ultimately confessed to the crime, although he died of a drug overdose before being convicted. Fans of Vicious and the Sex Pistols have frequently alleged that Nancy's death was by another's hand; Vicious himself described her death as accidental.

The book is named after a line in a poem Vicious wrote some time after Nancy's death:

You were my little baby girl,
And I shared all your fears.
Such joy to hold you in my arms
and kiss away your tears.
But now you're gone, there's only pain
and nothing I can do.
And I don't want to live this life,
If I can't live for you.
To my beautiful baby girl.
Our love will never die...

Republished as Nancy in 1984 by Koko Kansan Kirjakerho (The Whole People's Book Club), a Finnish publisher.

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