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Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs Paperback – October 28, 2008
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm glad to see some light shed on this period by one of the people at the center of the media storm. Lydon fills the book with tart observations - he retains his spite and anger and seems as volatile as ever. At the same time, I feel like he's pulling one over on the rest of us. Some of his recollections seem contradictory - perhaps very real to him, but everybody knows that one's perception of things changes over time. There's a subjective quality to this account that makes me long for corroboration. Some of the first-person commentary does back up Rotten's assertions, but I get the feeling there's impression management occurring (check out Goffman's "Impression Management" and you'll know what I'm talking about).Read more ›
Second, yes, John Lydon is obnoxious. It's not a secret that you're letting anyone in on. He knows it and takes pride in it, and his fans know it and love him for it. He is superior and he hates everything and he really is a c*nt (sorry if you disapprove of the language, but it's how the man describes himself). If you don't like him, that's just fine by both him and me. Punks didn't put much stock in trying to be liked by anyone. If you're trying to learn more about the scene, that's one key fact you should be getting out of this text.
Third, if you don't know what the Ramones "stood for," you obviously should have started out with something much more elementary in your "School of Rock--Punk" lesson. The Ramones stood for a return to the '60s. They wanted to take rock back to the happy place it occupied when it was synonymous with pop music, which is a noble quest. However, I suspect most of Mr.Read more ›
It isn't wll-written, in the sense that John has written everything that would come to his mind, but I find it more real like that. I guess you'll agree.
To sum up, highly recommended ;)
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When this book was released, I puchaced it. I am an American, yet found this story the best account of the mid seventies that I lived.Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by hafsmoke
I really enjoyed John's insight concerning the social and economic conditions in mid-1970's London. The Sex Pistols were a product of their times but are still relevant today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew Koelsch
I dont write reviews, most books aren't worth the effort nower days. Some people earn their right to write a book, while others.... well (don't get me started! Read more
John Lydon is brash, occasionally comes off as a bit pompous, and mighty opinionated for several pages at a go. Just what one expects from the man. Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. Hill
One of the most entertaining books I've read in years.....
If you thought that Johnny Roten was just an obnoxious idiot you are wrong..... Read more