Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
by John Lydon, Kent Zimmerman, and Keith Zimmerman.
The Guardian, January 31, 2004
‘Rotten… captures the rancid flavour of Lydon’s punk and pre-punk life… a good read’
Kerrang!, January 24, 2004
‘Lydon’s story is one of struggle and an almost foolhardy courage… for sheer eye-of-the-storm authenticity, this is hard to beat.’
Untidy Music Review>>>>
Being a huge fan of John Lydon, I’ve wanted to read this book for years.
Yet for some reason I’ve avoided doing so and can’t put my finger on why.
My admiration for the former Sex Pistols and PiL front man goes beyond music,
It’s his ethos, his compassion and his passion and his pure bloody pithe…
Recent controvercies and butter adverts aside (oh come on Racist?
And why should he not make some bleedin money for once?).
Anyways I finally got this book as a present and read it pretty much straight away.
I love the way it’s written, taking a completely honest stance on all the events, and even allowing
fellow travellers to say their peace on the same events is a fantastic way of giving the reader
a real minds eys of what it was like in the mid 70’s punk boom…
There’s also the way he talks about music, his parents and his friends…
If you’re a fan of music read this book,
If you’re a fan of punk read this book,
If you want a snapshot of 70’s britain read this book.