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Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored


John Lydon - Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored autobiography, published October 9th 2014, via Simon & SchusterAnger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, John Lydon's new autobiography will be published via Simon & Schuster on October 9th 2014.

John's first complete autobiography is a fresh and mature look back on his extraordinary life so far, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents, and growing up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero.

Read full press release via this link.

‘This book is about the life of a risk taker. I make things safe for other people to follow in my wake’ - John Lydon

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored
Simon & Schuster, Hardback, October 9th 2014

Pre-order info via Simon & Schuster...


Mr Rotten's Scrapbook

Mr Rotten's Scrapbook - Strictly Limited Edition High-End Photo Book
Mr Rotten's Scrapbook

Published in December 2010 in conjunction with '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. for more info on the book including sample pages and a handwritten introduction from Mr Rotten...

Digital Sample Pages:

Mr Rotten's Scrapbook
Mr Rotten's Scrapbook
Mr Rotten's Scrapbook
Mr Rotten's Scrapbook
Mr Rotten's Scrapbook

Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

John Lydon's no-nonsense account of the Sex Pistols from his point of view. The best-selling autobiography also includes contributions from Paul Cook and Steve Jones; together with various friends, family and associates such as John Rambo Stevens, Julien Temple, Chrissy Hynde, Billy Idol, and more…
Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
The Autobiography
John Lydon
(with Keith & Kent Zimmerman)

"The Sex Pistols
were gaudiness
incarnate. Musical
Evil Burlesque."

Originally Published 1994
St Martin's Press (USA)
Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Republished by
Plexus Publishing (UK)
Picador (US)

Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs UK hardback, 1994


Dear World:

You cannot 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.

The trouble 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.

Point #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.

Point #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.

Point #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.

Point #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.

The written word need not be a lie…

Enjoy or die.
John Lydon


Sex Pistols official announcement:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

February 24th 2006
Official announcement from the Sex Pistols regarding the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

Alice Cooper Box Set

'The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper' Rhino Records, 1999
Always a huge Alice Cooper fan; John wrote the introduction to his 1999 box set. There's not many people John Lydon would go to this much trouble for…
Alice Cooper Box Set Sleevenotes by John Lydon
Follow this link to view full size version LARGE file (2.2 mb)
Picture Credits: (Top to Bottom)
Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs UK hardback, 1994
Official announcement from the Sex Pistols regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Alice Cooper Box Set sleevenotes © text John Lydon

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