John Joseph Lydon (born 31 January 1956), also known by the former stage name Johnny Rotten, is a British singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the punk rock group the Sex Pistols during the 1970s, and of the post-punk group Public Image Ltd. in the 1980s and 90s, sporadically reforming both in recent years. Lydon became notorious and controversial figure in the media during the 1970s as a figurehead of the punk movement, and for his stance against the musical establishment, class system and the British monarchy. He has since become a television personality, appearing on television shows in both the UK and elsewhere, and Q magazine remarked in 2005 that "somehow he`s assumed the status of national treasure." John Lydon was born in London to Irish Catholic immigrants, his father from Tuam, County Galway, and his mother from Shanagarry,County Cork. He grew up on a council estate in Finsbury Park, North London with three younger brothers. At the age of seven, he contracted spinal meningitis, putting him in and out of comas for half a year and erasing most of his memory. The disease left him with a permanent curve in his spine and also damaged his eyesight, resulting in his characteristic stare. He attended St. William of York School in Islington, North London.
Lydon is married to Nora Forster. He is the stepfather of Forster`s daughter, Ari Up, who herself had been the lead singer in the influential postpunk, dub reggae band, The Slits. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Full Name at Birth
John Joseph Lydon
Date of Birth
Spiked Orange Hair
Singer, Musician, Presenter
Claim to Fame
Sex Pistols, Public Image Limited
Paradigm Talent Agency
Dairy Crest Country Life butter (2008)
Other Family Members
Lacey Lady, Ilford, London (club)
SEX, London (boutique)