Published in December 2010 in conjunction with www.concertlive.co.uk 'Mr Rotten's Scrapbook' was limited to just 750 copies worldwide and is now completely sold-out…
John Lydon's second book – following 1993's Rotten No Irish No Blacks No Dogs – released as a strictly limited edition bespoke hardback of just 750 copies. The large format ‘coffee table’ style photographic book (14” x 14” with over 250 colour pages) contains countless unseen images of his life, career and includes handwritten commentary and quotes; as well as being personally hand-signed and doodled by Lydon.
A 12" picture disc featuring PiL material recorded live at Brixton Academy on December 21st 2009 – as well as spoken-word entries and "Nursery Rhymes" by John Lydon – is hand built into the back cover of each book. There was also the chance of a "Golden Ticket" that would enable 100 lucky recipients to webchat with John Lydon.
With chapters on Roots, Sex Pistols, Life, Screen, Public Image Ltd. Mr Rotten's Scrapbook is an exciting and intimate journey through John Lydon’s life, from inception to present day, in high quality pictures with personal commentary. The book also includes previously unseen John Lydon paintings and artwork.
The book is an unique snapshot of John Lydon's life (and head - its his skull x-ray on the cover). Virtually all text has been handwritten and the whole book was lovingly and painstakingly put together under John's direction.
www.concertlive.co.uk/mrrottensscrapbook for more info on the book including sample pages and a handwritten introduction from Mr Rotten...
Digital Sample Pages:
separate the Sex Pistols from the real world, which is what past
publications have tended to do. In order to understand why people
do what they do, you must first understand why they've done it,
who they are and where they come from.
with rock journalism in general is this; they settle for a narrow
point of view, completely missing out on the humanity of the subject
matter. In actuality, so-called ''rock icons" are just people.
We have family. He have people we care for. We have points of view
and prejudices, just like everybody else.
#1. Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs is the
no-bullshit account of the Sex Pistols from my own point of view.
I'm not saying I'm completely correct, because in reading the book,
you'll notice more than a few contradictions. That is what makes
the book valid. Contradiction is the art form.
#2. In order to be accurate, I've taken several extra months
to deliberately eliminate a single point of view format in favour
of the larger picture. Hence the use of extra voices like Billy
Idol, Chrissie Hynde, my father, best friends, worst friends, and
people I hardly know. This leaves a tapestry for you to unravel.
#3. This is not just a music book. Music must reflect life,
and life must come first. As someone born in the late fifties, going
through the sixties as a child, observing the feminist movement
as a pre-teen, seeing the mistakes of others, observing drastic
political changes in youth culture and watching most of them fail,
as chance would have it, we put a band together out of the debris.
The Sex Pistols dismissed traditional sexual and racial role-playing.
#4. Individuality is a major theme of the book. It is a
tragedy of modern life that individuality is perceived as, at best,
an art form, and at least, an outcast. Fashion follows individuality,
and never the other way around.
I hope you
enjoy Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs because certainly
the alternative is lies and exaggeration. This book is neither ghost-written,
nor is it a publisher's delight. My friends and I, Keith and Kent
Zimmerman, have assembled something I consider honest and real.
word need not be a lie…