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John Joseph Lydon (born 31 January 1956), also known by the former stage name Johnny Rotten, is a singer-songwriter and television presenter, best known as the lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is also well known as the lead singer of the post-punk band Public Image Ltd., which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again in 2009–2010. A highly controversial figure, Lydon has vocalised his contempt for the British Royal Family as well as other contentious issues such as segregated education. Q Magazine remarked that “somehow he’s assumed the status of national treasure.”

Growing up as the son of Irish immigrants in Finsbury Park, an impoverished area of London, Lydon’s personally crafted image and fashion style led to him being asked to become the singer of the Sex Pistols by their manager, Malcolm McLaren. With the Pistols, he penned singles including “Anarchy in the U.K.”, “God Save the Queen” and “Holidays in the Sun”, the content of which precipitated the “last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium” in Britain.The band caused nationwide uproar in much of the media, who objected to the content of Lydon’s lyrics, and their antics, which included swearing on live television, in which Steve Jones called Bill Grundy a “fucking rotter”. Due to the band’s appearance in the media, Lydon was largely seen as the figurehead of the punk movement in the public image although this idea was not widely supported amongst the punk movement itself. Despite the negative reaction that they provoked, they are now regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.

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  • debux

    I loved his colabo with Leftfield... seems like a nice fellow! Definitively coming to my library soon! This man sure has character!

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • alliedbakeries

    "When you go out with LYDON it's like Jesus is walking down the street.All of the freaks come out." STEVE VAI

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Schander

    Anti-money

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Gaffes

    He changed the music. With the Sex Pistols he have touched the art. When, then he went with ltd. (in my opinion the best period of his career) he have done excelent albums. I have listened Metal Box... It's a masterpiece revolutionary... It has particular sounds... It's excelent Yeah... he's a revolutionary man (under every side).

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Claudiar71

    I could be wrong, I could be right!

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • coleheideman

    love the lack of originality on this page. Go unoriginal shoutbox that totally fucks the diy ethic of punk in the pooper!

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • loudothedew

    "i don't give a shit what you think" fucking legend!

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • macijikralj

    this is the story of johnny rotten(2) -nice one!! :)

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • xiwhmqcnsm

    this is the story of johnny rotten

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Felipe_09

    he's the man, a fucking pure legend [2]

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fujikiri

    he's the man, a fucking pure legend

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • oobbeedoo

    Johnny is cool and so is butter :)

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • FlamingStairway

    Happy Birthday John!

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • lydonrotten

    LEGEND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tupelo_stevo

    1. selling out suggests compromising your own beliefs in order to make money......has john ever stated anywhere that he is against the promotion of butter? 2. yes the man who actually has jamaican grandkids, is a friend of don letts and is an avid reggae fan (who actually went to jamaica to help virgin sign jamaican artists) is a racist....because that makes perfect sense doesnt it

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • filpaz

    we published on the music blog Orangeskies a post with a tribute of one of the most amazing P.I.L. songs http://orangeskies.wordpress.com/ check it out!

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • AssD

    Legend.

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • JumpForJamie

    lol hes sold out by doing that butter advert in britain. damn i've never liked him but i thought id point this out.

    13 Oct 2008 Reply
  • gdsumfan

    LEGEND!

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mynameisegg

    stupid guy.he's old and crazy in a bad way.. dissapointed by his last performance.. :(

    30 Jul 2008 Reply
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