In 1977, a gang of scraggly English youths spit in the face of society and was immediately labeledby the media as a revolution, as punks. The most notorious face of that era was the sneerting visage of Johnny Rotten, the pugnacious yet charismatic leader of the Sex Pistols.
"There have been countless articels, books, fashion trends, and even movies about the Sex Pistols. Much of it has been either sensationlistic or journaslistic psychobabble. The rest has been mere spite.
Rotten is the real story about the Sex PIstiols. This book is as close to the truth as one can get, looking back on events some sixteen years ago, from the inside.
Chrissie Hynde, Billy Idol, and others give their version — in other words, everyone in this book was actually there, and this book is as much their point of view as it is mine. This means the contradictions and insults have not been edited, and neither have the compliments! If any. I have no time for lies and fantasy, and neither should you. Enjoy or die!" —John Lydon