Sex Pistols life and biography

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Sex Pistols biography

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Birthplace : London, England
Nationality : English
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-03-30
Credited as : punk rock band, Sex Pistols scent, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

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Sex Pistols are a punk rock band that formed in London, England, United Kingdom in 1975, out of the ashes of The Strand. They are, together with The Clash, responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their initial career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.

The band originally comprised vocalist Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and bassist Glen Matlock, who would later leave the band and be replaced by Sid Vicious.

Sex Pistols were managed by the infamous Malcolm McLaren, after he saw Johnny Rotten sporting a Pink Floyd shirt with “I hate” scribbled on. Impressed by Johnny Rotten’s attitude, McLaren brought Rotten to audition for frontman of The Strand, the band that would later become the Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols have been described by the BBC as “the definitive English punk rock band” and are widely credited with initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and creating the first generation gap within rock and roll.

Sex Pistols emerged as a response to what was perceived to be the increasingly safe and bloated progressive rock and manufactured pop music of the mid-1970s. The band created various controversies during their brief career, which captivated England but often eclipsed their music. Their shows and tours repeatedly faced difficulties from authorities, and public appearances often ended in disaster and riot. Their 1977 single, God Save The Queen, released during the build up to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, was widely regarded as an attack on the British monarchy and British Nationalism.

The group broke up in 1978 amid a turbulent tour of the United States, but reunited in 1996 for the “Filthy Lucre” tour, and have staged subsequent reunion tours in 2002 and 2003. On 24 February 2006, The Sex Pistols were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but refused to attend the induction, calling the museum a “piss stain”.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, The Sex Pistols reunited for 7 live shows. They played 5 nights at the Brixton Academy in London between 8 November and 14 November, 1 night at the MEN Arena in Manchester, and 1 night at the SECC in Glasgow. The band last performed live in 2008 are are currently on hiatus as John Lydon tours with Public Image Ltd., which reunited in 2009.

That same year, they released the DVD There'll Always Be An England, recorded at their Brixton Academy appearance on 10 November 2007. In 2010, Fragrance and Beauty Limited announced the release of an authorized Sex Pistols scent. According to a statement from the cosmetics firm, "the fragrance exudes pure energy, pared down and pumped up by leather, shot through with heliotrope and brought back down to earth by a raunchy patchouli." The band signed with Universal Music Group in 2012 to rerelease Never Mind the Bollocks.

Johnny Rotten – lead vocals (1975–1978, 1996–present)
Steve Jones – guitar, bass guitar (studio), backing vocals (1975–1978, 1996–present)
Paul Cook – drums (1975–1978, 1996–present)
Glen Matlock – bass guitar, backing vocals (1975–1977, 1996–present)

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