Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

3.83 avg rating
( 1,084 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780062400239: Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words.

John Lydon is an icon--one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols-the world's most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save the Queen." So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other groundbreaking groups and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change.

Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive to this day, while also recording one of the eighties most powerful anthems, "Rise." Lydon also found time for making innovative dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. By the nineties he'd broadened his reach into other media while always maintaining his trademark invective and wit, most memorably hosting Rotten TV on VH1.

John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure to this day--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger is an Energy, he looks back on a life full of incident, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents growing up in post-war London to his present status as a vibrant, alternative hero.

The book includes 70 black-and-white and color photos, many which are rare or never-before-seen.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A companion to Lydon s 1994 memoir, Rotten. His life is rich enough to warrant another . . . and he s a gifted enough writer to make it a fun read. --Billboard"

It is clear that, though fond of zingers and political put-downs, Lydon is also a serious and thoughtful artist, bookish and unafraid of hard work, and thus serving as a model citizen in a more ideal republic than ours . . . A lucid, literate pleasure. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

A great autobiography, if you enjoyed "Rotten," then you ll enjoy this too . . . Lydon is always engaging, challenging and entertaining. --The Register (UK)"

Coarse, plain-speaking and mischievous, pitched somewhere between Dennis the Menace and Diogenes the Cynic. --Financial Times"

Ridiculously entertaining . . . His tales of a near-Dickensian life in Sixties working-class London suggest how an inchoate rebel found his purpose in punk. --Telegraph"

Fascinating . . . both elegant and blunt. --The Guardian"

Fills in the gaps that his previous autobiography, ROTTEN left wide open, notably his pre-Sex Pistols days, while also going over old ground with a fully-toothed rake . . . fascinating. --Irish Times"

John Joseph Lydon s new autobiography isn t just about his incarnation as Johnny Rotten, but his upbringing, youth and, later, Public Image Limited and further intrigues. His passion and his intellect remain an inspiration. --NME"

A ripe, breathless romp through an extraordinary life . . . But this is a serious book too, about how poverty and illness can create pain that can be turned into something positive, presenting a man keen to fill out the nihilistic cartoon that has persisted in pop culture. --The Observer"

An accurate reflection of the man it seeks to portray: unique, uncompromising, and . . . fascinating. --Mail on Sunday"

The book is most fascinating about his childhood. I was gripped. --The Times (London)"

Rollicking [and] rambunctious. --Irish Examiner"

Both thoughtful and irascible . . . Throughout, Lydon s skills as a storyteller are in evidence. [He] brings a humour to his recollections and is at pains not to take himself, or the music business, too seriously. --Irish Independent"

Establishes that there s much more to the person than the public persona. --Paste"

A hilarious and at times touching account. --Rolling Stone"

Vintage Johnny Rotten. --Daily News"

A dishy chronicle. --Details"

Lydon is at his best when writing about his family - his parents were working-class Irish immigrants - and . . . quite moving in his account of Vicious. --Los Angeles Times"

Features plenty of morbidly fascinating tidbits from one of England s least likely national treasures. --RollingStone.com"

One of the most important figures in punk history. --Gothamist"

Lydon is an unabashed grammatical scofflaw who can deploy an earthy colloquialism with the best of them. Anger Is an Energy is packed with this brand of vivid storytelling. --San Francisco Gate"

A great autobiography, if you enjoyed Rotten, then you ll enjoy this too . . . Lydon is always engaging, challenging and entertaining. --The Register (UK)"

"Lydon is an unabashed grammatical scofflaw who can deploy an earthy colloquialism with the best of them. Anger Is an Energy is packed with this brand of vivid storytelling."--San Francisco Gate

"Establishes that there's much more to the person than the public persona."--Paste

"A hilarious and at times touching account."--Rolling Stone

"Vintage Johnny Rotten."--Daily News

"A dishy chronicle."--Details

"Lydon is at his best when writing about his family - his parents were working-class Irish immigrants - and . . . quite moving in his account of Vicious."--Los Angeles Times

"Features plenty of morbidly fascinating tidbits from one of England's least likely national treasures."--RollingStone.com

"One of the most important figures in punk history."--Gothamist

"A companion to Lydon's 1994 memoir, Rotten. His life is rich enough to warrant another . . . and he's a gifted enough writer to make it a fun read."--Billboard

"It is clear that, though fond of zingers and political put-downs, Lydon is also a serious and thoughtful artist, bookish and unafraid of hard work, and thus serving as a model citizen in a more ideal republic than ours . . . A lucid, literate pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Coarse, plain-speaking and mischievous, pitched somewhere between Dennis the Menace and Diogenes the Cynic."--Financial Times

"Ridiculously entertaining . . . His tales of a near-Dickensian life in Sixties working-class London suggest how an inchoate rebel found his purpose in punk."--Telegraph

"Fascinating . . . both elegant and blunt."--The Guardian

"Fills in the gaps that his previous autobiography, ROTTEN left wide open, notably his pre-Sex Pistols days, while also going over old ground with a fully-toothed rake . . . fascinating."--Irish Times

"John Joseph Lydon's new autobiography isn't just about his incarnation as Johnny Rotten, but his upbringing, youth and, later, Public Image Limited and further intrigues. His passion and his intellect remain an inspiration."--NME

"A ripe, breathless romp through an extraordinary life . . . But this is a serious book too, about how poverty and illness can create pain that can be turned into something positive, presenting a man keen to fill out the nihilistic cartoon that has persisted in pop culture."--The Observer

"An accurate reflection of the man it seeks to portray: unique, uncompromising, and . . . fascinating."--Mail on Sunday

"The book is most fascinating about his childhood. I was gripped."--The Times (London)

"Rollicking [and] rambunctious."--Irish Examiner

"Both thoughtful and irascible . . . Throughout, Lydon's skills as a storyteller are in evidence. [He] brings a humour to his recollections and is at pains not to take himself, or the music business, too seriously."--Irish Independent

"A great autobiography, if you enjoyed Rotten, then you'll enjoy this too . . . Lydon is always engaging, challenging and entertaining."--The Register (UK)

From the Back Cover:

From the legendary front man of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words

"Vintage Johnny Rotten."--Daily News (New York)

"Packed with . . . vivid storytelling."--San Francisco Gate

"A dishy chronicle."--Details

"Ridiculously entertaining."--The Telegraph (UK; four stars)

"A ripe, breathless romp through an extraordinary life."--The Observer (UK)

"A companion to Lydon's 1994 memoir, Rotten. His life is rich enough to warrant another . . . and he's a gifted enough writer to make it a fun read."--Billboard

"Establishes that there's much more to the person than the public persona."--Paste

"Lydon is at his best when writing about his family . . . and . . . [is] quite moving

in his account of Vicious."--Los Angeles Times

"His passion and his intellect remain an inspiration."--NME

"Unique, uncompromising, and . . . fascinating."--Mail on Sunday (UK)

"A lucid, literate pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

John Lydon
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800624002390000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Lydon, John
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EYDQW0027S3

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.70
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Lydon, John
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0062400231

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.71
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Lydon, John
Published by Harpercollins (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780062400239

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.09
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Lydon, John
Published by Harpercollins (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780062400239

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.09
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Lydon, John
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9800771

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.09
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

John Lydon
Published by Dey Street Books, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dey Street Books, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 203 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words. John Lydon is an icon--one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols-the world s most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen. So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other groundbreaking groups and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change. Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive to this day, while also recording one of the eighties most powerful anthems, Rise. Lydon also found time for making innovative dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. By the nineties he d broadened his reach into other media while always maintaining his trademark invective and wit, most memorably hosting Rotten TV on VH1. John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure to this day--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger is an Energy, he looks back on a life full of incident, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents growing up in post-war London to his present status as a vibrant, alternative hero. The book includes 70 black-and-white and color photos, many which are rare or never-before-seen. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780062400239

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

John Lydon
Published by Dey Street Books, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dey Street Books, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 203 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words. John Lydon is an icon--one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols-the world s most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen. So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other groundbreaking groups and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change. Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive to this day, while also recording one of the eighties most powerful anthems, Rise. Lydon also found time for making innovative dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. By the nineties he d broadened his reach into other media while always maintaining his trademark invective and wit, most memorably hosting Rotten TV on VH1. John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure to this day--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger is an Energy, he looks back on a life full of incident, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents growing up in post-war London to his present status as a vibrant, alternative hero. The book includes 70 black-and-white and color photos, many which are rare or never-before-seen. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780062400239

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

John Lydon
Published by Dey Street Books, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dey Street Books, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 203 x 132 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words. John Lydon is an icon--one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols-the world s most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen. So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other groundbreaking groups and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change. Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive to this day, while also recording one of the eighties most powerful anthems, Rise. Lydon also found time for making innovative dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. By the nineties he d broadened his reach into other media while always maintaining his trademark invective and wit, most memorably hosting Rotten TV on VH1. John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure to this day--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger is an Energy, he looks back on a life full of incident, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents growing up in post-war London to his present status as a vibrant, alternative hero. The book includes 70 black-and-white and color photos, many which are rare or never-before-seen. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780062400239

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Lydon, John
Published by Dey Street Books (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062400231 ISBN 13: 9780062400239
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dey Street Books, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0062400231

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.31
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book