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John Lydon

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John Joseph Lydon, also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the late-1970s British punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is also the lead singer of post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again since 2009. Since 2013 Lydon has held British, Irish and American citizenship.


  • Actor's filmography 

  • Songs written 

  • Early life: 1956–1974 

  • 1975–1978: Sex Pistols and the punk movement 

  • 1978–1993: Public Image Ltd (PiL) 

  • 1993–2006: Solo album, autobiography and celebrity status 

  • 2006–2009: Potential Sex Pistols revival 

  • 2009 to present: PiL reformation 

  • Origin of stage name 

  • Personal life 

  • Books