John Lydon

British-born Irish-American singer and songwriter

John Joseph Lydon (/ˈlaɪdən/; born 31 January 1956), also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English-American singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, which was active from 1975 to 1978. There were revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is also the lead singer of post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again since 2009. He was recruited because of his outspoken personality, rebellious image and fashion style. Because of their controversial lyrics and disrepute at the time, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.[1][2]

Lydon has hosted television series in the UK, US, and Belgium, 2004 appeared on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! in the UK, appeared in advertisements on UK television promoting Country Life, a brand of British butter, written two autobiographies, and produced solo musical work. His first autobiography was called Rotten – No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. [3]

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  1. "Sex Pistols". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  2. Sheldon, Camilla; Skinner, Tony (2006). Popular Music Theory: Grade 4. Registry Publications Ltd. pp. 29–30. ISBN 9781898466444. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  3. Lydon, John, with Zimmerman, Keith, & Zimmerman, Kent. (1994). Rotten – No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, p. 12. London: Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 978-0859653411