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The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their original 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.

In their first incarnation, the Sex Pistols included singer Johnny Rotten, lead guitar player Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bass player Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single "God Save the Queen", attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the "last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium".

In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the Sex Pistols and announced its break-up. Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren's film version of the Sex Pistols' story, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose on the 2nd February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols--the four original members plus Vicious--were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum "a piss stain".

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Sex Pistols bassist reveals he hasn't spoken to John Lydon in five years

Sex Pistols bassist reveals he hasn't spoken to John Lydon in five years

Glen Matlock says he is "quite happy" to avoid his old band's frontman

  • Jul 28, 2014

Sex Pistols' John Lydon to publish new autobiography

The singer will write the book with music journalist Andrew Perry

  • Feb 14, 2014

John Lydon praises Mick Jagger for paying Sid Vicious's murder charge lawyers

Lydon says he has 'a good liking' of Jagger because of his generosity when Vicious was accused of murdering Nancy Spungen

  • Nov 9, 2013

John Lydon: ''God Save The Queen' has done wonders for this country' – video

'It was an incredible achievement for a record to be discussed openly in the Houses Of Parliament,' says singer

  • Sep 28, 2012

John Lydon slams Sex Pistols' 'Never Mind The Bollocks…' reissue

PiL singer hits out at 'vacuous nonsense' and 'false agendas'

  • Sep 24, 2012

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Sex Pistols; Carling Academy, Brixton London, Monday November 12

Sex Pistols; Carling Academy, Brixton London, Monday November 12

James McMahon finally gets to see his favourite band ever… or rather his ex-favourite band ever

  • Nov 27, 2007

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