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on 3 October 2016
I started writing a crit of this then managed to blow it all away somehow. Silly me - so this will be short and sweet.

The main problem here is that JL whilst being the most intelligent of the Pistols and probably of the punk movement in general right from it's start before it was even termed 'punk', is at the same time completely disingenuous and somewhat 'liberal with the veracite'. It's also ghostwritten. He should take the time to write it himself.

Its still a decent document of the period but it is quite sinful that a book like this, published in 2003, is out of print in the UK in 2014. It could do with updating to post-PiL stuff in a re-published new edition.

And its worth leaving with a quote

"All I offer to others is their own individuality. Grab it! The rave crowd call it freedom. They pay a fortune for the drugs to maintain this idiocy, and it's all manipulated by seriously bad promoters and evil-minded deejays. It's hypnotic, trance-like. It's enjoyable but not the be-all, end-all. Unfortunately the kids will come out the end very frustrated."

I still like him - the loveable young / old rogue!
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on 4 February 2011
The 'history' of the Sex Pistols has been re-written and distorted so much and so it is great to get the real story, the truth from the man who was at the centre of it all. Intelligent, direct, honest and entertaining, this is a well-written book that reads at times as if it is a transcription of Lydon speaking - which is no bad thing. There are other voices too - of friends and band members, which helps to give balance to the story. But it is essentially the story of John Lydon, up until the early days of PiL. There is quite a bit on John's childhood and family, which I found fascinating, but it is mostly about The Sex Pistols, and the early days of punk - which is even more interesting. I reccommend this to anyone for whom the Sex Pistols were inspirational; also to media studies lecturers who peddle stupid myths about the Pistols; and to modern day 'punks' who may not appreciate just how important a cultural phenomenon was 'Johnny Rotten' and the Sex Pistols.
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on 15 December 2013
I borrowed and read this book a few years ago and it blew me away. It's the most amazing insight into those early days of punk, funny, sad, clever, disgusting - everything you'd expect from Mr Lydon!! A few weeks ago I went to see PIL (amazing - fat, old and disgusting, gobbing all over, but boy, what voice!!) and I thought I've got to have my own copy!! If you liked the Pistols and punk YOU'VE GOTTA READ IT! Even if you don't like punk but like music, you've got to read it! It's your duty! Without these boys breaking down those barriers, you wouldn't be able to listen to the **** you listen to these days!! ;-)
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on 23 August 2016
After waiting years to read, this book starts out ok but then seems to run out of things to say which is followed by various waffled accounts from aquintances of Mr Lydon and a discography stopped reading at this point.
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on 16 April 2017
good although maybe makes Sid Viscous appear a bit less visicous than was the case... he had a nasty v violent side too.
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on 27 March 2017
very happy with puchase!!
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on 19 October 2013
The person behind the hype comes out in this interesting book.
Gives a few reasons for his words and actions. Enlightening in that respect, also rather funny in parts.
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on 4 April 2014
A fascinating read - Lyndon has always been my working class hero. His account tells of the anti Irish sentiment held by the English; but Lyndon through punk transcends all this deep rooted racism. Lyndon takes on the establishment and sometimes even wins. He gives hope to other rebels fighting a cause ...
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on 17 April 2015
excellent
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on 13 October 2015
Was brought as a present. Very good quality.
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