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Publisher's Summary

John Lydon is an icon - one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last 40 years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, the world's most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen". So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other groundbreaking groups, and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change.Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself. From their beginnings in 1978, PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive to this day while also recording one of the '80s' most powerful anthems, "Rise". John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure to this day - both as a musician and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger Is an Energy, he looks back on a life full of incident, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents growing up in postwar London to his present status as a vibrant alternative hero.

©2014 John Lydon (P)2015 Tantor

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"A lucid, literate pleasure." ( Kirkus starred review)

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I Just Can't

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I think John Lydon's talent is underappreciated in general. I read his first book and was looking forward to this one - but I'm 14 hours into it and I don't know if I can slog through the last four. I just can't take any more of the proclamations of how PiL "changed society" and was "the most influential band in the world." Come on. The book jumps around in time, which doesn't really bother me, but it's often hypocritical or contradictory and short on details of events. I really wanted to love it, but it's just so irritating.

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Great Listen!!!!!

What did you love best about Anger Is an Energy?

Lydon is honest and transparent. To get through the plastic "style" and "image" of the music machine and stay true to the heart is a great accomplishment. Very enjoyable listen!!!

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Thank God he's English

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

ANGER IS AN ENERGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

Keep it up Johnny. Good Work!

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Not A Dull Moment! Great Read And Honest

Would you consider the audio edition of Anger Is an Energy to be better than the print version?

No, they are two different experiences.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty, the pace of the story carries you along.

What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emotion

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure

Any additional comments?

I grew up a fan! It's great to hear a punk rock pioneer share his experience with what seems to be an honest perspective.

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  • David
  • Englewood, Colorado, United States
  • 12-02-17

Love this book!

Such an insightful and wonderful book...originally, I thought it would be shocking but was pleasantly surprised by the level of interest that arose in me...John Lydon is definitely an interesting lad!!

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Fantastic book

Really enjoying this book so far. The narration is excellent, and John is honest, interesting, and eloquent! Glad I went for this.

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Mind These Bollocks

Fascinating and enlightening. Sure, Lydon rants here and there but it wouldn't be his book without rants.

Perkins embodies the voice and tone of the author so well and that is the icing on the cake.

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Johnny Loves Johnny and So do We

John Lydon loves to hear himself talk and I think overall we the public are better for it. This is a wonderful story with spot on narration. If you are a PIL or Pistols fan or just simple curious by nature you would be doing yourself a fun favor by giving this gem a go. Cheers.

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I Want To Marry John Lydon

Would you listen to Anger Is an Energy again? Why?

Yes! This is a totally engaging story and revisiting is something I do with all books I love.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

I felt like I was listening to John.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the hours - yes!

Any additional comments?

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 John 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

~ kei, the Eclectic Poet
9 December 2015

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Loved it.

Bloody marvelous. Never bored me once. I'm a big fan of PIL and found it fascinating to learn more about Lydon and the band.