John Lydon

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Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
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John Joseph Lydon (born 1956-01-31) is an English rock musician also known as Johnny Rotten, the name he used when lead singer of seminal punk group the Sex Pistols. He was also lead vocalist for Public Image Ltd.


  • Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night!
    • At the end of the last Sex Pistols concert, Winterland Theater, San Francisco, California (14 January 1978)
  • If the Royal Family was going to assassinate someone, they would have gotten rid of me a long time ago.
    • On the 2003 panel TV show The Belzer Connection, when asked if there was a conspiracy in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • Punk is like looking at a mirror. I already have a mirror so I don't need the Offspring to remind me how gorgeous I am.
    • "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" (4th September 2003)
  • England's a violent place. Too violent for me. That's why I prefer it here (the USA). For a gun-toting nation, Americans are surprisingly passive. This place suits me and the wife.
    • Interview: Seven Magazine in the London Telegraph (6 January 2008)
  • [On the lyrics of his songs] They meant a lot to my generation. And it's nice to know you've written songs that mean something to someone rather than some trivial pop dirge. I'm not thriving off a career slagging off the Queen. I think I have something valid to say. My words are my bullets. I like to brag that somehow I got it right.
    • Interview: Seven Magazine in the London Telegraph (6 January 2008)
  • I've never told anyone this, but I suffer from terrible stage fright. True. You can't tell though, can you? Unbelievable, the panic. I nearly die of fear before I go on stage. Something wicked. I can't eat a thing the day before a gig. It'd make me vomit. Once I come off? I could eat a scampied elephant between two buttered mattresses. But I'm kinda glad about the stage fright. I've read Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud about their terror. And I reckon it's what gets the adrenalin going.
    • Interview: Seven Magazine in the London Telegraph (6 January 2008)

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