Johnny Rotten slams 'Queen' re-release

Johnny Rotten slams 'Queen' re-release

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon says he objects to the re-release of the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" in honor of British Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

Johnny Rotten stars in butter commercial

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- British rock 'n' roll singer Johnny Rotten said he couldn't resist starring in a commercial for Dairy Crest's Country Life butter because it was made for him.

Sex Pistols may record 2nd album

LONDON, June 17 (UPI) -- The British punk rock band the Sex Pistols reportedly is mulling over releasing a second album, more than 30 years after its first debuted.

Assistant says Johnny Rotten punched her

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- A female assistant to Johnny Rotten said the former Sex Pistols frontman punched her at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Southern California.
Nolan: Ledger was proud of Joker portrayal

Nolan: Ledger was proud of Joker portrayal

LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan said editing "The Dark Knight" after star Heath Ledger's unexpected death was an emotional experience.

Johnny Rotten sporting belly bulge

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Punk icon Johnny Rotten has gained a bit of weight since his Sex Pistols days -- evident when he showed off his flabby tummy recently on a U.S. TV show.

Sex Pistols thumb noses at Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Age has not mellowed The Sex Pistols, who are skipping their U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and insulted voters who put them there.

Woman claims to be Johnny Rotten's sister

CHEPSTOW, England, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Sex Pistols star Johnny Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, reportedly has no interest in meeting his British sister who was adopted out as an infant.

Sex Pistols mulling one final blowout

LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon is reportedly considering one last Sex Pistols blowout in Japan, it was reported Thursday.

Richards crowned rock's No. 1 hellraiser

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- There will probably be little argument with VH1's crowning of Rolling Stone Keith Richards as the "biggest" living hellraiser in rock 'n' rock.

Sex Pistols grab British TV debut honor

LONDON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- ITN Archive experts rated the Sex Pistols' 1976 performance as the most important live pop-music debut ever on British TV, the Daily Mirror reported Tuesday.

Former Sex Pistol is out of here

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Former Sex Pistol singer John Lydon has left the jungle set of the British version of "I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" after a profane outburst.

Rowdy celebs told to mind language for TV

LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The rowdy British celebrities headed to Australia for the next season of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here" have been told to cut out all foul language.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Entertainment industry moguls from all over the world will begin descending on Austin, Texas, Friday for 10 days of the South by Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Conferences.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

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John Joseph Lydon (born 31 January 1956 in London, England), also known as Johnny Rotten, is a British rock musician and lyricist, best known as the lead vocalist of the punk rock group Sex Pistols during the 1970s and 2000s, and also as the vocalist of post punk group Public Image Ltd in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lydon became notorious in the media during the 1970s as a figurehead of the punk movement, and for his stance against the music establishment, class system and the British monarchy. He has since become a television personality, appearing on television shows in both the UK and elsewhere.

John Lydon was born in London to Irish Catholic immigrants, his father from Tuam, County Galway, and his mother from Shanagarry,County Cork. He grew up on a council estate in Finsbury Park, North London with three younger brothers. At the age of seven, he contracted spinal meningitis, putting him in and out of comas for half a year and erasing most of his memory. The disease left him with a permanent curve in his spine. It also damaged his eyesight, resulting in his characteristic stare. He attended St. William of York School in Islington, North London, where his friends included David Crowe, Tony Purcell and John Gray. David Crowe went on to become involved with Public Image. John Gray became a school teacher and Tony Purcell went on to become a pioneer of the Internet industry in Scotland.

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