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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

John Lydon fights use of Sex Pistols songs in ‘outrageous’ TV series

LONDON (AP) – Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon said on Wednesday he is “heart and soul” against using the band’s songs in an upcoming television drama about the leading punk outfit, calling the TV series “nonsense”. In rejected.

Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, is being sued by guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, who want the songs to appear in “Pistols”, a Disney-based memoir by Jones. Supported series.

Lydon states that songs cannot be licensed without his consent. Cook and Jones say that a settlement dating from 1998 allows for a majority decision between the surviving bandmates.

During a hearing at the High Court in London, Lydon stated that the agreement was never used and that the band had always made a unanimous decision regarding their music and imagery.

“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have a right to insist that I do something I disagree with, morally heart and soul, without any involvement,” he said.

He said that his former bandmates were demanding that “I agree to sign the rights to a drama documentary, which I am not allowed to do.”

“To me it smells of some kind of slave labor,” he said.

“Pistols” is being produced for Disney subsidiary FX and directed by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Formed in London in 1975, Sex Pistols energized and infuriated the British music scene with songs such as “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”.

The band split in 1978 after releasing one album, and bassist Sid Vicious died the following year. The surviving members have reunited for several concerts, most recently in 2008.

Cook said Tuesday that his and Jones’ legal action against Lydon means the Sex Pistols are probably “gone for good.”

Lydon previously claimed that Jones portrayed him in a bad light in his book, and called the TV series “disrespectful”.

“This is my life. This is my history,” he said on Wednesday. “I didn’t write these songs (for him) to be bullshit.”

In the six-episode series, the Sex Pistols are played by actors not widely known: Anson Boone as Lydon, Louis Partridge as Vicious, Toby Wallace as Jones, Jacob Slater as Cook. . His manager Malcolm McLaren is played by Thomas Brody-Sangster (“The Queen’s Gambit,” “Love, Actually”).

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