Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored – by John Lydon
I’ll start by saying, I want to marry John Lydon– sorry Norah!. He’s smart, funny, brutally honest, a godfather of Punk and just as wordy, creative, off-the-wall and ADD as I am.
I bought this book because Punk (Goth, Romantic) is my tribe and I cut my music teeth on Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Teenage Head. My parents are Led Zeppelin, Queen and earlier but the music that felt like my own was Punk and Alternative.
This book is the audio version, narrated by Derek Perkins and the overall feel is that you’re sitting with him down pub and just chatting over a Guiness and a Strongbow (really Spellcheck? You don’t recognize ‘Guiness’?? SMH).
This is a fantastic backstory to all the was the Sex Pistols and PIL, in John’s own words and it is insightful, informative, fun and ultimately relatable. John’s narrative style is so easy on the ears and yes, I’m biased to the lilt. It puts paid to a lot of the rumours and stories that have circulated about him as a human and the rise and fall of SP and the various supporting characters in that world.
I recommend this for anyone who is interested in Music, Biography, Sex Pistols, Post-Punk Music and the music industry on both continents. Not to mention those of you who still wear ‘stovepipes’, love ‘DIY’ and remember ‘if it ain’t Stiff it ain’t worth a fuck’. Oh! Also for those of you who see pictures of Mum with a blue Mohawk, a safety pin in her nose and are proud to declare “My Mum’s a Punk Rocker”.
~ Bloody learn to love each other properly
9 December 2015