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So writes author John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, in his introduction to the book Rotten, an oral history of punk: angry, honest, and crackling with energy. Seventies punk has been romanticized by the media and the up-and-coming punk bands of today, but the sneering, leering disaffection of that time has been lost. Now, Lydon candidly and at times, dare we say it, fondly looks back at himself, the Sex Pistols, and the "no future" attitude of the time. Rolling Stone calls Lydon a "pavement philosopher whose Dickensian roots blossom with Joycean color," and the San Francisco Chronicle calls Rotten an "invaluable [book] ... sheds welcome light on that short period of great music and spasmodic cultural change."
Bollocks you say? Read, sneer, and enjoy or die.
I was a little disappointed. I enjoy learning and reading about unusual people and their outlooks on life, but I got the feeling that Lydon just dislikes anyone and everyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JKlimek
Liked this a lot. Lydon spouts off with true venom on his life, his band, and the times, with insight and Irish wit intact. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R.M.L.
I enjoyed the read. It is a little disjointed. But great to hear some candid opinions. Recommend to true fans of the pistolsPublished 2 months ago by Stephen
Love this guy - Lydon defies all categories we try to put him in, surely by compulsion. What comes through is an authentic being trying to find his authentic self. Read morePublished 2 months ago by 80s Product
Amazing read if you are our were a sex pistols or pil fan.
Beats the crap out of the trash Nancy's mom wrote.
I've been meaning to pick up this book for years and just finally got around to doing so. Fantastic! John Lydon's personality has always been vibrant and bright. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lou Hallwas