Marking Time: John Lydon is 60

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Emma lives in England. Ace the dog keeps her feet and heart warm while she writes about music and culture.
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Johnny Rotten performing with the Sex Pistols

Johnny Rotten performing with the Sex Pistols | Credit: Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands

John Joseph Lydon, otherwise known as Johnny Rotten, celebrates his 60th birthday today, 31st January 2016.

The son of Irish immigrants to London, who became lead singer of the Sex Pistols and PiL (Public Image Limited), Johnny’s unmistakeable style, attitude and opinions remain as vehement as ever, although the mainstream has learned to embrace him. As well as reforming PiL in 2009 after a 16 year hiatus, John Lydon has recently appeared on the the BBC TV current affairs programme ‘Question Time’ and at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England.

Public Image Limited released a new album, What The World Needs Now… in September 2015, and John Lydon’s second autobiography, Anger is an Energy, was published in October 2014.

John Lydon performing with Public Image Limited in 2010

John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) performing with PiL in 2010 | Credit: