Date: Published Sept 2008
Signed By: Deborah Feingold in Pencil
Edition: 21 Prints Available World Wide
Dimensions: Image 36 x 42cm / Paper 52 x 60 cm
Atelier: Dekkel Fine Art Publishing Ltd
Condition: New – mint condition
Medium: Archival Giclee On 300gsm Fine Art Paper
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.
In 1975, Lydon was among a group of youths who regularly hung around Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s fetish clothing shop SEX.
McLaren had returned from a brief stint travelling with American proto-punk band the New York Dolls, and he was working on promoting a new band formed by Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook called Sex Pistols. McLaren was impressed with Lydon’s ragged look and unique sense of style, particularly his orange hair and modified Pink Floyd T-shirt (with the band members’ eyes scratched out and the words I Hate scrawled in felt-tip pen above the band’s logo).
The origin of the stage name Johnny Rotten has had varying explanations. One, given in a Daily Telegraph feature interview with Lydon in 2007, was that “he was given the name in the mid ’70s, when his neglect of oral hygiene saw his teeth turning green”.
Another story says the name was allegedly given to him by Steve Jones, after Jones saw his teeth and exclaimed “You’re rotten, you are!”
As Johnny Rotten with the Sex Pistols in 1977In 1977, the band released “God Save the Queen” during the week of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee. The song was a hit, but caused so much controversy that Lydon was attacked in the streets by an angry mob. They stabbed him in his left hand, his leg, and nearly gouged out his eye with a beer bottle. Since then, he has not been able to properly make a fist with his left hand.