Johnny Rotten

Latest Articles


Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012

Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

The Big Hurt: Johnny's mansion, Noel's singles, Keith's fragrance, Big Boi's boner, Alice's maze, Hype's erotic thriller, Nicki's boob

Johnny Rotten's mansion burnt down. A tragedy, but made sadder still by the fact that it happened two weeks before the riots, denying anarchists in the UK the chance to properly thank him for appearing in butter commercials and licensing official Sex Pi
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 19, 2011

Gaga's eau de bloody load, Diddy exposed as 9/11 mastermind, and other music news in brief

Smell ya, shouldn't have to tell ya!
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 11, 2011

The Big Hurt: Sex Pistols perfume

I think I’d be a much happier person if I disabused myself of all my quaint expectations about artistic integrity.
Plus ELO death and Moz racism
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 17, 2010

Review: Public Image Ltd. at Royale

Terrifying, ridiculous, glorious
PiL, live at Royale, May 7, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 14, 2010


Photos: Public Image Ltd at Royale

PiL at Royale, courtesy of The Bowery Presents
PiL, featuring Johnny Rotten, at Royale | May 5, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  May 14, 2010

The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing

Slow news week.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2009

Review: Watchmen

Watchmen 's brutal alternative history
As a reimagining of the past, Watchmen is at times jaw-dropping.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 03, 2009

Interview: Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Wilderness | (k)no(w)here

This could prove strenuous, but the album is more contemplative than didactic — a (k)no(w)here that’s difficult to study but easy to inhabit.  
Jagjaguwar (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  October 28, 2008


The Big Hurt: Rotten butter

John Lydon spreads it on thick. Plus, intrusive devices and CGI pissoirs
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 08, 2008

Smoking the terrain with a heavily radical nose-wheelie

This article originally appeared in the May 30, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In which we try to understand the skateboarding subculture
By D.C. Denison  |  June 02, 2008


This article originally appeared in the August 23, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

His death will change nothing: He had already expanded forever our notion of what was possible

By KIT RACHLIS  |  August 20, 2007

Police force

Along came the Police, packing cold, steely hits with flashes of heat.
Many little things they did were magic
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  July 25, 2007

Crossword: 'Heard of animals'

Sounds like there's a few in here
By MATT JONES  |  December 06, 2006

Nevermind the Bollocks

This article originally appeared in the January 17, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The Sex Pistols arrive
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 14, 2006

Making the cut?

The Slits were a band attached to a time and a place.
The Slits, the Apes, Life Partners, Squids, and Adrian Orange, Great Scott, October 30, 2006
By JOE BERNARDI  |  October 31, 2006

Anarchy in Medford

Sitting in on Tufts lecturer Michael T. Fournier’s course “History of Punk Rock,” offered via the university’s Experimental College, one can’t help but think of Johnny Rotten’s famous final words: “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
History of punk rock
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 18, 2006

Punk education

Many of us like to say that rock and roll saved our lives. In Michael Patrick MacDonald’s case, the common hyperbole may be simple truth.
Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie exodus
By CLEA SIMON  |  September 26, 2006

Flashbacks: September 1, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands and Paul Babin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.


Saint Smith

Indie-film icon Kevin Smith is, above all else, a religious man. WFNX's Keith Dakin interviews Kevin Smith (mp3) Back from rehab: Clerks II is just another sequel.   By Brett Michel
Getting laid and laying back
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 25, 2006

On the Racks: May 23, 2006

Plus new releases by Osaka Popstar, PJ Harvey, and the American Idol kids.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks, Damone
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 23, 2006

Of beats and beatitude

What the hell happened to ambient music?
Jah Wobble’s Zen dub meditations
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 25, 2006