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Anger is an Energy by John Lydon
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really liked it
bookshelves: biography, non-fiction, music, wishlist

Intelligent without being intellectual and always entertaining. And what about that whine? Lydon via Andrew Perry more or less chronologically recounts his life from a wee lad to the present time. A born raconteur, Lydon relates the saga of his life in the Sex Pistols and beyond and everything in-between. Full of laughs there are also decidedly more serious and tender moments than you would expect and Johnny comes off as a fairly serious person, not one for sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll but he's seen it, just not participated. He's refreshingly self-deprecating while at the same time you can see his actual pride in the things he has done. As you would expect he lives life to the fullest and has no time for fools.

Not as many sneers as you might expect.

All you english teachers stay away from this, Mr. Lydon has his own way of speaking and writing and it ain't textbook correct. It's more like listening to someone verbatim that knows how to speak but doesn't know proper grammar.

Still, blind acceptance is the sign,
Of stupid fools who stand in line, like...
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Reading Progress

March 30, 2015 – Shelved
March 30, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 30, 2015 – Shelved as: biography
March 30, 2015 – Shelved as: non-fiction
March 30, 2015 – Shelved as: music
March 30, 2015 – Shelved as: wishlist
May 19, 2015 – Started Reading
May 21, 2015 –
page 48
9.25% ""Really, Catholicism is murderous on potential singers, there ought to be something done about it." - page 30"
May 25, 2015 –
page 158
May 26, 2015 –
page 183
June 12, 2015 –
page 393
75.72% "Not as outrageous as you might anticipate."
June 19, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by mark (new)

mark monday I wonder what he had to say about McLaren.

Randolph He still basically hated Malcolm and his then partner, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. His beef was that Malcolm always tried, and sometimes succeeded, in manipulating him as the alter ego he was too old and untalented to be. You have to also remember that Lydon was still technically a minor when he was initially conned by McLaren. McLaren basically embezzled all the Pistols income and royalties for his Great Rock and Roll Swindle venture. It wasn't until a court vindicated Lydon and his reluctant band mates and gave them their creative rights back that they ever really saw any money. In the Pistols heyday McLaren gave Johnny an "allowance" of £20 per week! Lydon also blamed McLaren for making the whole thing a circus and all the "they can't really play" hype when he really wanted it to be about the music.

message 3: by mark (new)

mark monday oh yeah, McLaren is definitely a modern day villain.

despite that, I love his album Fans.

Randolph mark wrote: "oh yeah, McLaren is definitely a modern day villain.

despite that, I love his album Fans."

I love Fans as well. I like many things created by less than perfect people.

message 5: by mark (new)

mark monday Randolph I am impressed that you are continuing our conversation from nearly 5 years ago. Time is but an illusion after all, right? Or perhaps a flat circle. I say Time is just another word for nuthin left to lose!

Anyway, I, unlike you, only like things that are created by 100% perfect people *he says with a haughty sniff*

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