Sex Pistols’ John Lydon to publish new autobiography

The singer will write the book with music journalist Andrew Perry

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) is to publish a new autobiography.

The hardback version of the book will hit shelves in October and will be written by Lydon along with music journalist Andrew Perry.

“This book is basically about the life of a serious risk-taker,” Lydon said. “I make things safe for other people to follow on in my wake. I’m a stand-up-and-be-counted fella – but that’s in a world where nobody seems to be able to count.”

Publishing company Simon & Schuster has signed the world rights to the autobiography, The Bookseller reports. Commissioning editor Kerri Sharp said: “Since the mid-1970s he has consistently inspired both musically and politically. My life changed when I saw the Sex Pistols in 1977 and to publish John’s book is a dream come true. This will be a lively, rock ‘n’ roll ripping yarn full of opinion and surprises whilst also being a thoughtful and mature look back at one of history’s most extraordinary lives.”

The as-yet untitled autobiography will follow Lydon’s 1994 book Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, which was co-authored with Kent and Keith Zimmerman.