Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

Rotten is a 1994 autobiographical book by John Lydon, co-authored by Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman.[1][2] The book was named one of the 25 best rock memoirs by Rolling Stone magazine.[3]

AuthorJohn Lydon
Keith Zimmerman
Kent Zimmerman
Publication date
Media typePrint


Rotten chronicles the life of John Lydon aka "Johnny Rotten", lead singer of the Sex Pistols and PiL.

In the book Lydon expresses condemnation towards former Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, hippies, rich people, racists, sexists and the UK political system. He says that "A lot of people feel the Sex Pistols were just negative. I agree, and what the fuck is wrong with that? Sometimes the absolute most positive thing you can be in a boring society is completely negative."


  1. ^ "POP MUSIC; Dissing the Queen". The New York Times. 1994-03-27.
  2. ^ Steve Dougherty (1994-06-06). "Johnny Rotten". People.
  3. ^ "John Lydon: 'Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs' (1993)". Rolling Stone. 1993.

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