The world better knows him as Johnny Rotten; the front man of Sex Pistols. The book, Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored recaps the life of John Lydon from his childhood as a sickly child of the immigrant Irish parents to vibrant pop star hero. His miraculous life is one full of inspiration and controversies as he fought his way to the popular music game changer he was later known to be.
1976 marked the transition when the pop band, Sex Pistols, released its first album. Their greatest hits, ‘Anarchy in the UK and ‘God save the Queen’ ushered them into a revolutionary world full of criticism and endless endeavors. Through his music, John Lydon led a young generation all over the world; yearning for change. Nearly a third of the book is about his career at Sex Pistols. After disintegration of the first band, Johnny Rotten joined Public Image Ltd (PiL). He didn’t leave behind his aggressiveness and consistent need of reinventing himself. With such a personality, the new band was headed for greater heights. Right from the beginning, he set the ground breaking templates for the band that would enable it have its place even in the 21st century. As a vibrant artiste, he didn’t limit himself to the band but instead found his way into great deals with Afrika Baambata and Letfield. With these, he made innovative dance records that took his International fans worldwide by a huge storm.
Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored – Johnny Rotten brings out a unique personality of this music icon. He wasn’t someone who would stand intimidation after knowing his worth and the experience with producer Bill Laswell who handled the ninth album at Public Image Limited clearly illustrates this. ’After a couple of days in their studio he said the band couldn’t play and he hated all our songs. He said he’d written songs and I should sack everyone and use his people, and come out with a U2-type product. I told him to fuck off and we packed our bags and left.” In this book, he also tries to bring into the limelight some of the renowned personalities he had admiration and affection for. The likes of Pete Townshend and Robert Plant are passionately described in the thrilling novel as the author tries to bring out the admirable qualities in them.
In 1997, John took a different turn into other media following the release of a solo record in 1997. The Rotten TV show, one of his productions, received an overwhelming audience during its times. As a contestant in ‘I’m a celebrity…Get me out of here!’ he brought drama and outrage in the house. His venture into other media didn’t halt there as he made further appearances in Megabugs series and even a one off nature documentary. He even featured in popular Television advertisement for Country Life butter, a move that made him even more outspoken. As a musician and cultural commentator, John Lydon has remained an icon and inspirational source to many. No doubts, he is a hero across the continents, especially to the younger generation.