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Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored [Kindle Edition]

John Lydon
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John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols - the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen'. So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change - and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead.
With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up - the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time for making innovative new dance records with the likes of Afrika Baambaata and Leftfield.
Following the release of a solo record in 1997, John took a sabbatical from his music career into other media, most memorably his own Rotten TV show for VH1 and as the most outrageous contestant ever on I'm a Celebrity…. Get Me Out of Here! He then fronted the Megabugs series and one-off nature documentaries and even turned his hand to a series of much loved TV advertisements for Country Life butter.
Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure - both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator.
The book a fresh and mature look back on a life full of incident from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero.

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'Ridiculously entertaining' The Telegraph

'Coarse, plain-speaking and mischievous' Financial Times

'Anger is an Energy is a great autobiography, if you enjoyed Rotten, then you ll enjoy this too... Lydon is always engaging, challenging and entertaining'

'His book is an accurate reflection of the man it seeks to portray: unique, uncompromising, and sporadically fascinating'

'For John Lydon, the jury's out on whether Russell Brand is in fact 'a bumhole.' But when it comes to the perfect way to cook Brussels sprouts, the former Sex Pistol isn't messing around'

'Just read John Lydon' book 'Anger Is an Energy' - a brilliant read. Never mind The Rolling Stones, the Beatles or anyone else; The Sex Pistols are the most important band ever. God Bless Johnny Rotten and thanks for 1977. I'm still pogo-ing' -- Metro

About the Author

John Lydon is a hero to millions, across every continent and several generations. Without parallel, he changed the game in popular music, not once but twice, first wreaking political chaos upon starchy mid-'70s Britain with The Sex Pistols, then shapeshifting with Public Image Ltd (PiL) as a free experimentalist. 'Rock' simply wasn't big enough to contain such an immense, shapeshifting character, as he scored global hits with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield, and then diversified into television, where the erstwhile Johnny Rotten ended up presenting his own nature series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17038 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 1st Edition edition (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To my surprise I really liked this book 18 Oct. 2014
By tiposx
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To my surprise I really liked this book, and I even liked John! I am about the same age as Johnny Rotten, but chose a completely different path, part of the establishment in fact, so I have little in common with the author. He portrays himself as the real deal - a music lover, a rebel and all the obvious clichés. Between the lines he comes over as a man who enjoys life immensely. He had a very modest start and really did well for himself - much better than I realised, with interests in television and films as well as the music, which continues. What impressed me the most is his zest for life. I wish I had a quarter of the energy he has, also I wish I could speak my mind as candidly and confidently as he has done, especially in his youth.
Anyone who doubts his talent should look again at the videos of "God Save the Queen" or Anarchy in the UK" - he was truly famous, and at such a young age - he had real balls. Nonetheless he fully acknowledges what a pain he can be.
Well worth a read!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Oct. 2014
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A fantastic read, covers generally the same ground as his earlier book, but from the viewpoint of a man approaching 60, with a much more thoughtful take on his life and times, warm, wry and very entertaining
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contradictory Lydon as ever!! 9 Dec. 2014
Got this as a birthday present off me GF. A good read about the punk days and PIL days.I did however get confused in some of the ways he contradicts himself, he comes across as a bit of a chameleon. Its difficult to pin him down really.One thing that annoyed me about Lydon was how much he put down The Clash but then later on states how much he likes Duran Duran!! WTF John!! Also not sure if he has always been fair to former band members of PIL where money is involved. Possibly behaving like McClaren in that vein.However, with all his contradictions Lydon does seem to come across as a down to earth genuine bloke. Also, some pages are laugh out loud, in particular the story of Paul McCartney running after Lydon in a taxi car ( Lydon making his escape from McCartney) and the taxi driver saying "I've seen it all now". Overall an enjoyable read.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm just glad he chose to write about himself 10 Oct. 2014
Well, all I can say is. . . thanks John!
This is an absolute belter of a read.

The intelligence of Mr Lydon really is not unexpected, (to me),and why not/ A man who can write the lyrics that John produces already told us, long ago, that he could write a book. I'm just glad he chose to write about himself.I genuinely feel privileged, as a fan, to see John bear his soul telling us openly about some really, very personal things.

I don't think you have to be a Sex Pistols or PiL fan either. . . it's not about a famous band member, it's about a guy who just happened to be in a band. Had the Pistols never existed, "Anger is an Energy" would have been no less interesting for me.

Once again, Thanks for writing this John. . . 5 stars!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much new and a lot of score settlin 7 Nov. 2014
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This was an OK read whilst waiting for airplanes but by the end I was speed reading and really didn't care about what was being said.
There is very little here that you wouldn't know about John Lydon if you've been around as long as he has or read the papers . Very little new insight into what happened with the Pistols, Sid, I'm A Celebrity or P.I.L.
Mostly it is a vehicle to slag off virtually everyone he knew, the Pistols, Joe Strummer, Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood, all members of PIL apart from the current ones, his step daughter, and even his own brother.
It gets very wearing by the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
John Lydon is a true original and I am a big fan. The early parts of this book are great. How he recalls working class London in the late 1950s and 1960s is fascinating. He seems to have mellowed a bit since the previous autobiography - even though it's still unclear which ex-Sex Pistols he likes and which he doesn't; his views seem to frequently change. But unfortunately this book is just way too long and the last third of it covers some stuff that is really not that interesting to be honest. The last 170-180 pages could've been condensed into about 30-40 pages. It needs a good edit. I'm guessing his reputation is such that no one at the publisher's was prepared to talk to him candidly about this. Shame, because edited well and with a bit more focus this could be a 5 star book for me - but not as it is. I was relieved when I got to the end of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a great book. I was a young teenage punk in '77, loved the Pistols, PiL after that even more, and have been a loyal fan over the decades. The main problem I have with this book is that it appears to be written by 17 year old Johnny Rotten rather than 58 year old John Lydon. Oh well. Saw PiL in London in December and the gig was great, there is genuine affection for John, which I share, and the feeling appears mutual, but in this book, although in parts genuine and funny, in my opinion John is not as honest to himself as a someone of his age and experience could be. Anyway, no on can tell John what to do, so I guess in the end, since I bought the book, he's having the last laugh. I'll stick to the music from now on.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, raw and always original 9 Oct. 2014
Lydon's biography is a brilliant insight into the creation and ideas behind the Godfather of Punk. Right from the start he needed to fight his corner and he's never stopped, he leads the way so we might follow, and he's never made it easy on himself either. Laugh out loud funny, this book also is raw and uncomfortable at times, and all the better reading for it. Recommended for anyone interested in music and ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Karl Robson
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
So much I didn't know.
Such a real person.
Not enough people in the world like this.
I recommend it.
Published 2 days ago by jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting read and insight into the man,
Published 3 days ago by Gail WIlliams
2.0 out of 5 stars Anger may be an energy but repetitve ramblings aren't..
Have to agree with several of the negative reviews. Approached this with an open mind but sorry to say that it was fairly repetitive, rambling self congratulations. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bozo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for my husband, he loves it.
Published 8 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant read
John Lydon ,a brilliant read from a brilliant mind. John Lydon with his no nonsense straight talking approach to life, how refreshing. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very good read complete life story. Found our a lot of things I didn't know about John. Nice long book
Published 10 days ago by david franklin
1.0 out of 5 stars Lies and self-justification
Rubbish - get No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs instead.
Published 12 days ago by PJ Sturdee
4.0 out of 5 stars I like music biographies and this was quite an eye opener
I like music biographies and this was quite an eye opener, John Lydon is known for the sex pistols and this book emphasized how that's not what he should be known for.... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars they often jump all over the place (a little better editing would have...
A interesting character and often/always misunderstood by the media. Although his ideas and views are rep resented, they do not always flow, they often jump all over the place (a... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mr. A. Leake
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