it could have been so rubbish, it really coulda. Picture the scene - rope together a bundle of old punk has-beens and get them to squawk about how brilliant 1977 was and completely miss the point that johnny actually left all that punk gubbins behind the day he slammed the door on the pistols - BUT IT AIN'T!!
Thankfully, what we get is this collection, which, admittedly, does have some punk has-beens in it, but they don't get all dowy eyed and over sentimental, instead offering a CAREER LONG view of rotten.
I like PiL for instance, sometimes more than the pistols, so i was chuffed to see clinton heylin's chapter on the pioneers (although it;'s something of an expansion of his Rise/Fall book from the 90s, you gotta admit).
Elsewhere rotten's clash with tommy vance is detailed, and there's a fair bit of chin stroking from UK and US punk journos (as seems to be the norm these days), which is great bog reading.
If you're wondering whether or not to buy it, then you should, as it's criminal how little work is available on this icon. Johnny'll probably hate it himself, but that's what you'd expect i guess.