10.13.2020 07:30 AM

Johnny Rotten is dead

…or should be.

8 Comments

  1. Lee Hill says:

    Rotten/Lydon is definitely not the same as when he began. Alas, the UK is full of ex-punks who became buy for rent landlords, Brexit voters and transatlantic Tea Party wannabes in general. I think the dying sigh could first be heard when Tony Parsons began churning out Nick Hornby pastiches and Julie Burchill, who sounds like she should be voicing anime, became a contrarian for rent for the UK press. To echo Walt Kelly, the enemy is now a lot of us.

    • The Doctor says:

      The other related thing is there’s always been a part of the punk movement that’s been very obnoxious politically. “Nice, woke, progressive, bien pensant liberal” is not really the punk ethos.

      There’s definitely a left-wing and an anarchist strain, but conversely go check out any history of punk rock. There’s, for example, Henry Rollins talking about how all these Nazis, skinheads, white supremacists and ultra-violent people would show up at Black Flag concerts etc.

      On a completely different level, lots of white men get crankier and more conservative politically as they age . . .

  2. duojet says:

    OMG. I guess he wants some attention

  3. Robert White says:

    Gotta love Punk Rock geopolitics today, eh. All these old Punk Rockers are clinically depressed because they never got to hear me play drums.

    Unfortunate, but true.

    I’m glad I stayed a Grumpy Marxist leftie all throughout.
    Everyone on the right-wing is clinically screwed.

    RW

  4. Doug says:

    It would have been better to burnout than to rust…

    Johnny Lydon has always been a great comedian and I always enjoyed his radio hosting and interviews. I never got the Sex Pistols. They were basically a punk boy band.

  5. Ted says:

    When you read his books, you get the impression of a smart and wise, but also a greedy, self important person.

    He came from nothing without a doubt. But he lacks grace. Won’t reconcile with Levene, won’t go back on the road with Wobble, because he wants too much money. “Because I made him what he is today.”

    Contrast that with Iggy reforming the Stooges in Jarmusch’s documentary. Or Jonesy who won’t do any more Sex Pistols with him.

    You’d get lots of erudite guff about the working class if you tried to corner him on Trump. But it’s all bullshit. At the end of the day, he’s a very selfish man.

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