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An Evening with John Lydon

As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, the world's most notorious band

John Lydon has secured prime position among the most recognisable icons in music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen'. Via both his music and invective, he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change - and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead.

With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL), Lydon expressed a constant need to reinvent himself. From their beginnings in 1978, he set the template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive today.

Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure - both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator.

In conversation with BBC6 Music’s Stuart Maconie, this will be his only live interview of 2016.

Please note that the interview will begin 19.00. The bar will be open from 18.00, with PUNK IPA, from Brewdog on sale.

The event will be followed by a book stall and signing (one item per person will be signed).

Punk 1976-78 is part of punk London, a year of events, gigs, films, talks and exhibits celebrating 40 years of punk heritage and influence in London


John Lydon | talks


Date and Time:

24 June 2016 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



British Library
96 Euston Road


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