What was life really like behind the scenes in the early days of punk pioneers the Sex Pistols?
Mick O'Shea is the man with the answer.
Mick, of Church Lane, Altham West, has written a novel based on the experiences of the band which sent shock waves through the Establishment.
He bases the book, Only Anarchists Are Pretty, on the period from summer 1975 to 1 December 1976, a turning point in the band's career.
Throughout the first half of 1976, the Sex Pistols played regularly in London.
Although controversy surrounded their appearance and the rumours of violence at their gigs, the real interest centred on the Pistols' music, a passionate blend of basic rock 'n' roll and angry satirical lyrics.
The music press was initially divided as to the group's merits, but the papers eventually realised that there was good copy to be had from the oddly-attired quartet dressed mostly from the racks of Vivienne Westwood.
Mick, a salesman with Compass Finance, chose to concentrate on the era just before the notorious Bill Grundy interview when the group shocked the nation by using the F word for the first time live on national TV.
The chief characters are the original members Johnny Rotten, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Steve Jones. The notorious Sid Vicious joined later.
Mick said: "I wrote the book as a 'fan turned friend'. So many books have been written about the Sex Pistols, I wanted to come from a different angle, uncovering an unexplored perspective.''
Mick's friend, Alan Parker, who is originally from Blackburn, has also written books on the Sex Pistols.
As an accomplished author for EMI, Alan told Mick: "You write, make it original and I will get you a publisher.''
And that is exactly what happened.
After four long years of trying, publishers Helter Skelter finally took the book on board.
Mick said: "It's funny really because the band used to rehearse behind Helter Skelter's offices in London's West End.''
Mick, 42, said he was too young to experience the Sex Pistols first time round, though he did go to see them on their 1996 reunion tour and has met Matlock and Cook on a number of occasions.
He felt he could relate to the experiences of the Pistols as he was previously the rhythm guitarist of local band, Fly by Wire.
The launch of the book was on Tuesday 26 October at the Old Horse Hospital in London. Mick has received good feedback, with Glen Matlock saying it is "true to life" as far as he can remember.
Interest in the book has been received from America and Japan, with plans to publish there next year.
The publishers have told Mick that they expect the 3,000 copies currently printed off to be sold by Christmas.
But his wife Jakki, 39, who hates the Sex Pistols, was more impressed with Mick's previous literary effort, a book called Zootopia, based on the adventures of their two cats, Oscar and Sid, published in 2002.
Only Anarchists Are Pretty is available from most bookshops, priced at £12.99.