Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored (John Lydon autobiography, 2014)
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored
Simon & Schuster, October 9th 2014
Hardback, 540 pages, including 3 picture sections
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, John Lydon’s latest autobiography was published via Simon & Schuster on October 9th 2014.
The 540 page book is John’s first complete autobiography and covers his life from childhood through to the present day taking in Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, along with his TV and media work. Also included is 3 picture sections featuring a selection of rare and/or unpublished pictures.
John Lydon with Andrew Perry
“This book is about the life of a risk taker. I make things safe for other people to follow in my wake”
Always outspoken, controversial and sincere, John Lydon, formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and then lead singer in Public Image Ltd (PiL), looks back on his extraordinary life in a memoir that will be full of surprises, humour and emotion
John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols – the world’s most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and ‘God Save the Queen’. So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change – and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead.
With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up – the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time for making innovative new dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield.
Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure – both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator. The book will be a fresh and mature look back on a life full of incident from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero.