Julien Temple on Punk Docs and Xmas With the Sex Pistols

July 30, 2015

Johnny Rotten grabs the microphone and lurches forward, his pimply face grinning into the camera. Next to him, Steve Jones is miming (or mocking) guitar-hero moves, while Sid Vicious hunches over his bass, surly as ever. The grainy footage carbon-dates...


John Lydon's Rotten Past: The Rolling Stone Q&A

April 29, 2015

John Lydon, the man who horrified the world in the late Seventies as Sex Pistols ringleader Johnny Rotten, is in an especially good mood today. When Rolling Stone asks how he's doing, the 59-year-old singer exclaims, in a dry, British snarl, "I'm...


Johnny Rotten's 'Uncensored' Memoir: 10 Things We Learned

April 24, 2015

Never mind the other bollocks: Johnny's still got plenty of his own. More than 20 years after the publication of his first book, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten (né Lydon) can still bombard with enough opinions...



Lawsuits Launched Over 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

July 29, 2014

The cancellation of what would've been a truly bizarre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar is now the subject of a lawsuit between the Really Useful Group — Webber's production company — and Michael Cohl,...


The Sex Pistols Rip Into 'Bodies' In 2007

April 8, 2014

Unlike most reunited bands, the Sex Pistols never pretended they came back together for anything but the money. "I hate to burst your bubble," guitarist Steve Jones told HitFlix in 2010. "But that’s all I’m doing it for and I think we all...


40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...


Gob-Smacked: The Best of Seventies British Punk

June 17, 2014

Mohawked and mad-as-hell, the punks who popped up in England in the late 1970s created some of the smartest, sharpest, and most arresting racket the U.K. had ever heard. Many of them would never make it to the charts, but decades later, they remain punk-rock...


Johnny Rotten to Appear in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour

April 4, 2014

Rock opera and musical theater staple Jesus Christ Superstar will see its Second Coming this summer, as Johnny Rotten, Incubus' Brandon Boyd, *NSYNC’s JC Chasez and former Destiny’s Child’s singer Michelle Williams have all signed on...



Def Leppard, Sex Pistols Members Team for Manraze - EP Premiere

November 7, 2013

Manraze – the trio fronted by Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen and consisting of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and bassist Simon Laffy – will return with a new EP, I Surrender, on November 12th. Premiering here, the three-song release...


Johnny Rotten to Receive Icon Award

July 19, 2013

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten, is set to be honored by music rights organization BMI for his musical contributions. According to Reuters, Lydon will be awarded the organization's Icon Award at a gala on October 15th...


Flashback: Sex Pistols Reunite

January 31, 2013

When the Sex Pistols reunited in 1996, they didn't even try to pretend it was anything but a cash grab. "We still hate each other with a vengeance," Johnny Rotten said at a press conference announcing the Filthy Lucre tour. "But we've found a common cause,...


Fred Armisen to Direct Kings of Leon Show

July 26, 2013

Fred Armisen will direct a Kings of Leon show next month for the "American Express Unstaged" series, the Associated Press reports. The comedian, who recently departed SNL after 11 years, has previously directed music videos and is himself a drummer and...



Flashback: The Sex Pistols' Final Gig

November 20, 2012

The Sex Pistols' 1978 U.S. tour was a complete fiasco. Bassist Sid Vicious was hopelessly addicted to heroin, and Johnny Rotten was barely speaking with his bandmates. The group had never been to America, but they'd been in the press for the better part...


Sex Pistols Stream 'Belsen Was a Gas' Demo

September 11, 2012

The Sex Pistols have released a recently-recovered studio demo of the controversial Sid Vicious-penned track "Belsen Was a Gas" that features vocals from frontman Johnny Rotten, Classic Rock Magazine reports. Vicious is thought to have written the song...


Marilyn Manson, Steve Jones Rock 'Californication' Season Finale Event

August 3, 2012

Living up to its title, Californication might be the most rock & roll show on TV for the ways it utilizes music and how protagonist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) embodies the archetypical rock-star lifestyle. Yesterday the series proved its rock cred...


Q&A: BOY London on Outfitting the Punk Movement

September 20, 2012

For 35 years, the British streetwear brand BOY London's logo has appeared on major music players from both sides of the Atlantic, including Boy George, Madonna, Sid Vicious and Rihanna. Starting auspiciously during the late Seventies UK punk scene, BOY...


The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs

August 13, 2012

Funny thing about rock memoirs: They tend to have the same plot. Our heroes always begin with big dreams about making it as rock stars. There's the sleazy bars, the cheap motels, the shady managers. Then they get a taste of the big time: hit records,...


'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' Gets 35th Anniversary Box Set

July 25, 2012

The Sex Pistols are set to honor the 35th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols with a limited-edition deluxe box set release. The collection contains three CDs and a live DVD, including a remastered version of the album from...