John Lydon

Happy Birthday

John Joseph Lydon
January 31, 1956
Holloway, London, England

John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten is a singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as singer of the controversial punk band "The Sex Pistols". He is also the lead singer of post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL).

Lydon contracted spinal meningitis at age 7 and spent a year in the hospital. Throughout the entire experience, he suffered from hallucinations, nausea, headaches, periods of coma, and a severe memory loss that lasted for four years. The meningitis was also responsible for giving him what he would later describe as the "Lydon stare"; this experience was "the first step that put me on the road to Rotten".

Lydon was given the nickname of "Johnny Rotten" due to his green rotten teeth.

​The Sex Pistols were formed in London by manager and swindler Malcom Mclaren, who many call soulless. The band created controversy wherever they went. They created chaos and were hated by adults, which made the kids love them even more. 
The climate in London was ripe for the advent of Punk in the 1970's, just as it was in NYC. Unemployment, trash in the street, a failing educational system and everyone was on strike. 

Even though the band existed for a brief moment, and only produced one studio album, "Never Mind The Bollocks" is a masterpiece and The Sex Pistols are one of the most influential bands of all time. 

The Filthy & The Fury! The Sex Pistols were banned everywhere, they could not perform, their songs were banned on the radio, yet they were the biggest band in England. 

Did you ever have the feeling you've been cheated!? In 1978, the band embarked on a tour of the U.S which ended in disaster. Drugs, in-fighting, hostility and overall nonsense derailed the band. 

After the demise of The Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed the post punk band "Public Image Limited" (PiL).  A second amazingly influential band. 

Happy Birthday John Lydon & Johnny Rotten!
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