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Johnny Rotten

Datum narození: 31. leden 1956

John Joseph Lydon, známý pod dřívější přezdívkou Johnny Rotten, je bývalým zpěvákem kapel Sex Pistols a Public Image Ltd.. Díky svému členství v Sex Pistols se stal ikonou punku a vzorem pro rebelující mládež. Přezdívku „Rotten“ získal díky stavu svých zubů.


„Nemyslete si, že nás nenávidíte víc, než my vás.“

„Nastavuj druhou tvář moc často a za chvíli v ní máš žiletku.“


„Říkej to, co si myslíš.“

„Nezměníme se. Když nám někdo bude chtít radit, co máme dělat, pošlem ho do prdele. Proto taky máme problémy s nahrávacíma společnostma.“

„If you are pissing people off, you know you are doing something right“ Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

„Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?“

„You should never, ever be understood completely. That's like the kiss of death, isn't it? It's a full stop. I don't ever think you should put full stops on thoughts. They change.“

„Only the fakes survive.“


„It's a repressive society where you can't be horrible, I'm not horrible, they made me horrible, I'm just honest.“

„Any kind of history you read is basically the winning side telling you the others were bad.“ Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

„Anger is an energy. It really bloody is. It’s possibly the most powerful one-liner I’ve ever come up with. When I was writing the Public Image Ltd song ‘Rise’, I didn’t quite realize the emotional impact that it would have on me, or anyone who’s ever heard it since. I wrote it in an almost throwaway fashion, off the top of my head, pretty much when I was about to sing the whole song for the first time, at my then new home in Los Angeles. It’s a tough, spontaneous idea. ‘Rise’ was looking at the context of South Africa under apartheid. I’d be watching these horrendous news reports on CNN, and so lines like ‘They put a hotwire to my head, because of the things I did and said’, are a reference to the torture techniques that the apartheid government was using out there. Insufferable. You’d see these reports on TV and in the papers, and feel that this was a reality that simply couldn’t be changed. So, in the context of ‘Rise’, ‘Anger is an energy’ was an open statement, saying, ‘Don’t view anger negatively, don’t deny it – use it to be creative.’ I combined that with another refrain, ‘May the road rise with you’. When I was growing up, that was a phrase my mum and dad – and half the surrounding neighbourhood, who happened to be Irish also – used to say. ‘May the road rise, and your enemies always be behind you!’ So it’s saying, ‘There’s always hope’, and that you don’t always have to resort to violence to resolve an issue. Anger doesn’t necessarily equate directly to violence. Violence very rarely resolves anything. In South Africa, they eventually found a relatively peaceful way out. Using that supposedly negative energy called anger, it can take just one positive move to change things for the better. When I came to record the song properly, the producer and I were arguing all the time, as we always tend to do, but sometimes the arguing actually helps; it feeds in. When it was released in early 1986, ‘Rise’ then became a total anthem, in a period when the press were saying that I was finished, and there was nowhere left for me to go. Well, there was, and I went there. Anger is an energy. Unstoppable.“ Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

„There have been conversations here in the United States about why every ex-President opens a library when politicians do not read the books. Hello, America! Kind of explains your politics. For me, reading saved me, it brought me back.“ Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored


„I never felt Irish. I always felt, ‘I’m English, this is where I come from, and that’s that.’ Because you’d be reminded of that when you went to Ireland: ‘Ye’re not Oirish!’ the locals would say. So it was like, ‘Bloody hell, shot by both sides here.’ I still love that Magazine song – so relevant to me, those lyrics.“ Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

„Simon Le Bon spotted me having a problem there, and he went, ‘Don’t you know who he is?’ and that was it, I was in. I thought, ‘Bloody hell, it takes Duran Duran to get Johnny Rotten into a building!’ I liked him as a bloke, and I like a lot of their songs. I like ‘Girls On Film’, and I can’t pretend otherwise.“ Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

„I'm not very good at handling stupid people. I must admit.“ Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

„You’re made to feel ugly, and I made ugly beautiful. Just by sheer persistence. Nobody has the right to say that I am ugly, and I will not be a professional victim, you know. Sorry!“

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