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John Lydon: 'Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs' (1993)

John Lydon: Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs (1993)
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The former Johnny Rotten has all the dirt about how the Sex Pistols pissed off the world. But he's also got poignant details about his hardscrabble youth in London's Irish-immigrant squalor, raised by a mother even more badass than he was. He also shares his deep hatred for religion, the Queen, the other Sex Pistols, hippies, rich people, racists, sexists, the English political system, Malcolm McLaren and of course, Pink Floyd. "A lot of people feel the Sex Pistols were just negative," he says. "I agree, and what the fuck is wrong with that? Sometimes the absolute most positive thing you can be in a boring society is completely negative."

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