John Lydon: ‘I can’t see iPods uniting us’ – video

Former Sex Pistols man speaks about how records shaped his childhood

Public Image Ltd.‘s John Lydon has spoken about his affection for vinyl and records of all kinds ahead of this year’s Record Store Day.

The former Sex Pistols man, who has been outspoken in his support for the preservation of vinyl, told NME in a video which you can see at the top of your screen that iPods have made music “a selfish thing” and hit out at people who download music illegally.

Speaking about his love of vinyl, Lydon said: “Records were vitally important to the development of music and of all music cultures. With that being pushed by the wayside, I can’t see an iPod uniting us. In fact it separates us, the streets are full of people bumping into lamp posts, listening to their own little universe and there’s no sharing in that.”

He continued: “It’s become a very selfish thing and nobody wants to pay for anybody’s work. To me, that’s ridiculous. To me, the greatest fun was saving up the money to buy the record and I felt like I was doing them an honour by buying the record and I thought they’d done me an honour by making a record for me and made me feel part of it, like a cultural thing.”

Lydon also spoke about his childhood in north London and said he used to frequent a number of different record stores and that he was “deadly curious” about all types of music.

He added: “I grew up in Finsbury Park and it was very mixed, there were Turkish record stores, Greek record stores, regular ones, reggae record stores, hard rock and progressive record stores. It was thrilling to just be able to walk around them. I was deadly curious about what everyone else was getting up to.”

Lydon also shared that his parents were big party hosts and he used to enjoy being a part of them as all their guests would bring records. He added: “My mum and dad used to throw parties and I loved it because everyone would bring records. Records and booze.”

This week’s NME is a special Record Store Day preview issue, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

Inside, Arctic Monkeys, Enter Shikari and Graham Coxon are among the artists who’ve revealed the records that changed their life and the issue also features a comprehensive guide to this Saturday’s (April 21) Record Store Day, including details of the all the special releases and free gigs happening to coincide with the celebrations.

Artists Reveal The Records That Changed Their Lives