The punk rock band “Sex Pistols”, was formed in London in 1975, by vocalist “Johnny Rotten”, guitarist “Steve Jones”, drummer “Paul Cook” and bassist “Glen Matlock”, who was replaced by “Sid Vicious” in early 1977. They were establishing the punk movement in the UK and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians.
Although their band lasted from 1975 until 1978 and produced only four singles and one studio album, “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” (1977), the “Sex Pistols” were history and “Sid Vicious” was heading nowhere fast, but they are considered as one of the highly influential acts in the history of popular music.
I took the job at first for the money. I thought the punks were just a bunch of crazy white people. I didn't really tune into it. When I became the deejay and started meeting them, I picked up on what they were doing. I and everybody who worked there, was used to make joints before we went to work to sell to the punks over the counter. The people would come up and say, 'Give me two beers and a spliff. No, make that two spliffs and a beer.' They couldn't roll Jamaican cones.
At the age of seven, he spent a year in “St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey”, London. He suffered from hallucinations, nausea, headaches, periods of coma, and a severe memory loss that lasted for four years, whilst the treatments administered by the nurses involved drawing fluid out of his spine with a surgical needle, leaving him with a permanent spinal curvature.
He got his first job aged ten as a minicab dispatcher, something he kept up for a year while the family was in financial difficulty. He was kicked out of school at fifteen years old after a run-in with a teacher, and went on to attend Hackney College, where he befriended “Sid Vicious”, and Kingsway Princeton College.
In 1978, he formed the post-punk outfit “Public Image Ltd (PiL)”, with bassist “Jah Wobble” and former clash guitarist “Keith Levene”. They released the albums Public Image: First Issue (1978), Metal Box (1979) and the live album Paris au Printemps (1980). He gives his plea forLegalization as “Louise Mensch” refuses to share what Class A drugs she used in the past!
In “Anger Is An Energy” he talks about enjoying acid as a teenager, mostly drinking and doing speed during the sex pistols, smoking a lot ofCannabis in Jamaica when he went there to sign reggae artists, and then trying heroin in the early 80s.
But he did not really develop addictions to heroin or cocaine, seeing “Sid Vicious” and others go down the tubes because of heroin abuse likely turned him off completely.
Sex Pistols singer leaving Malborough Street Court giving a double V-sign to journalists after he had been fined £40 on aMarijuana charge on 11th March 1977.
He will get up close about his life and career in a new tour next year. The shows in autumn 2020 (September 22nd - November 22nd) will coincide with the publication of his new book, “I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right !”