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John Lydon is an icon - one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last 40 years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, the world's most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen". So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other groundbreaking groups, and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change.Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself. From their beginnings in 1978, PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive to this day while also recording one of the '80s' most powerful anthems, "Rise". John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure to this day - both as a musician and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger Is an Energy, he looks back on a life full of incident, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents growing up in postwar London to his present status as a vibrant alternative hero.
©2014 John Lydon (P)2015 Tantor
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"A lucid, literate pleasure." ( Kirkus starred review)
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By notamatopoeia on 12-30-15

I Just Can't

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I think John Lydon's talent is underappreciated in general. I read his first book and was looking forward to this one - but I'm 14 hours into it and I don't know if I can slog through the last four. I just can't take any more of the proclamations of how PiL "changed society" and was "the most influential band in the world." Come on. The book jumps around in time, which doesn't really bother me, but it's often hypocritical or contradictory and short on details of events. I really wanted to love it, but it's just so irritating.

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By Chad Long on 09-01-15

Great Listen!!!!!

What did you love best about Anger Is an Energy?

Lydon is honest and transparent. To get through the plastic "style" and "image" of the music machine and stay true to the heart is a great accomplishment. Very enjoyable listen!!!

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Thank God he's English

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

ANGER IS AN ENERGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

Keep it up Johnny. Good Work!

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