Johnny Rotten’s Cordial Letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Next to the Sex Pistols, You’re ‘a Piss Stain’

johnny rotten hall of fame

The Sex Pistols certainly weren't the first to balk at showing up to receive a trophy at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. They were, however, notable for the style in which they declined to attend. When word came in early 2006 that the Pistols would be inducted, the band's singer John Lydon, whose stage name was "Johnny Rotten," faxed the Hall of Fame a handwritten note. "Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain," wrote Lydon. "Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming. Were not your monkey and so what?" You can read the rest above, or watch below as a bemused Jann Wenner, co-founder of the museum, reads the letter out loud during the ceremony.

via Letters of Note

Related Content: 

The History of Punk Rock: A Documentary

The Art of Punk, MOCA’s Series of Punk Documentaries, Begins with Black Flag

Malcolm McLaren on The Quest for Authentic Creativity

Punk Meets High Fashion in Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture

by | Permalink | Comments (12) |

Comments (12)
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply