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Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs (Paperback)

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"I have no time for lies and fantasy, and neither should you. Enjoy or die."--John Lydon

Punk has been romanticized and embalmed in various media. It has been portrayed as an English class revolt and a reckless diversion that became a marketing dream. But there is no disputing its starting point. Every story of punk starts with its idols, the Sex Pistols, and its sneering hero was Johnny Rotten.

In Rotten, Lydon looks back at himself, the Sex Pistols, and the "no future" disaffection of the time. Much more than just a music book, Rotten is an oral history of punk: angry, witty, honest, poignant, and crackling with energy.

About the Author


John Lydon, AKA "Johnny Rotten", still performs and tours with the Sex Pistols. He also records and performs both as a solo artist and with PiL (Public Image Limited). He lives in California.

Keith and Kent Zimmerman are writers for Gavin Report. The live in Oakland, California.

Keith and Kent Zimmerman are writers for Gavin Report. The live in Oakland, California.

Praise For…


“Alive at the core . . . Lydon's quite the humorist. . . . [Full of] cut marks of wit and ego.” —The New Yorker

“A wrathful Irish poet . . . Lydon proves to have a keen wit and rare insight.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A pavement philosopher whose Dickensian roots blossom with Joycean color.” —Rolling Stone

“Invaluable . . . sheds welcome light on that short period of great music and spasmodic cultural change.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312428136
ISBN-10: 0312428138
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: October 28th, 2008
Pages: 352
Language: English