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WATCH: John Lydon British Masters Interview
John Doran , July 17th, 2013 07:25

tQ's John Doran hears what it's like to have a loaded gun pointed at you by Harvey Keitel

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Quietus Editor John Doran talks to John Lydon in the eighth episode of British Masters for Noisey, and the former Sex Pistol and current PiL frontman is in unusually contemplative mood.

As well as talking about dedicating 'Rise' to Nelson Mandela at Glastonbury he recalls having a loaded gun pointed at him by Harvey Keitel on a movie set, how he side-stepped becoming a drug addict and his anger at white bands appropriating black music as their own.

Speaking about his trip to Jamaica in 1978 to sign reggae acts to Virgin's Frontline imprint he said that the areas he was visiting were very different to the places frequented by Joni Mitchell and The Clash.

Speaking about his punk rock rivals he said: "What were they going for? The Clash have no background of multicultural inheritance. They weren't brought up in the council flats like we were... [They were] white boys trying to imitate the black man's music.

"It's like all of these bands in the 1960s [ripping off R&B]... to me that's racism."

Head to YouTube to watch the British Masters series in full.


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Jul 17, 2013 12:19pm

Brilliant brilliant stuff. Probably my favourite of the series so far. I like how honest he is.

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Andy Barding
Jul 17, 2013 2:31pm

Quite, Daveid. He allowed his music to be allowed to sell Levi's Jeans instead.

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Tooth Ache
Jul 17, 2013 2:54pm

Superb stuff once again Mr Doran.

Often thought with Lydon that people don't give him enough respect in interviews as they always seem to be waiting or pushing for the 'routine'.

I don't think I've seen him actually listen to questioning quite like he did then!


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Jul 19, 2013 4:43pm

Whether you like or dislike him &/or his output over the years - the guy changed the face of popular culture - musically/visually & politically. He's as important a figure in 20th Century history as JFK or The Beatles and for his courage in achieving that in the face of state/media sponsored violence & imprisonment he deserves your respect.

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Jul 25, 2013 8:23pm

John you are always entertaining although not as honest as everyone makes you out to be and as much as you claim yourself: Question John! What kind of area did Paul Simonon of the Clash grow up in?

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