Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

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John Lydon is an icon-one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty 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 eighties 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494514051
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

John Lydon changed the game in popular music, first wreaking political chaos upon starchy mid-1970s Britain with the Sex Pistols, then shape-shifting with Public Image Ltd (PiL) as a free experimentalist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

A native of the United Kingdom, Audie and AudioFile Earphones Award winner Derek Perkins's audiobook narration skills are augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents. He has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: May The Road Rise With You 1

1 Born for a Purpose 9

Roots and Culture 38

2 First Indoor Toilet 49

3 Johnny Wears What He Wants 77

The Beautiful Shame 100

4 Into the Inferno 104

Hugs and Kisses, Baby! #1 135

5 This Boy Don't Surrender 141

"Who Censors the Censor? #1

Judge Hot Lest Ye Be Judged 179

6 Getting Rid of the Albatross 181

7 Opening Pandora's Box With a Hammer and Chisel 211

Who Censors the Censor? #2

Swanny Times 241

8 Just Because You're Paranoid, It Doesn't Mean They're Not Out to Get Ya 249

Hugs and Kisses, Baby! #3 276

9 There's Nowt as Good as Change 280

Who Censors the Censor? #3

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 314

10 Happy Not Disappointed 321

11 Johnny Cuckoo 353

Who Censors the Censor? #4

Do You Want My Body? 385

12 You Can Look to the Future When You're Confident 394

Hugs and Kisses, Baby! #3

Nora, My "Hair-ess" 426

13 Nature Discovers Me 433

14 History and Grief… as a Gift 459

Who Censors the Censor? #5

Passive Resistance 474

15 Deeper Water 484

The Final Note 514

Acknowledgments 516

Index 521

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