John Lydon - Anger Is An Energy *Signed Copy*

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From the legendary front man of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books (April 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062400215
ISBN-13: 978-0062400215
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches

John Lydon is an icon—one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer and lyricist of the Sex Pistols—the world's most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save the Queen." So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England the houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other like-minded groups and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change.


Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978, PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continually and compellingly challenges convention, while recording one of the eighties' most powerful anthems, "Rise," along with other cult classics such as "This is Not a Love Song" and "Disappointed." Lydon also found time for making innovative hip-hop and dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. By the nineties he'd broadened his reach into other media while maintaining his trademark invective and wit, most memorably hosting Rotten TV on VH1.

Today, John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure—both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger Is an Energy—which also features rare and never-before-seen photographs—Lydon looks back on a life full of incident, from his start as a sickly child of Irish immigrants growing up in post-war London to his present status as a vibrant, alternative hero.

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