|Read the title.
Just another John book? Nope, it’s completely different to any of his
previous written works.
The heavy weight book is encased in a sturdy presentation box adorned
with John’s striking - and scary - artwork. His art on the inside base
paints an altogether more sedate picture - that is until you discover a
little more about the critter in question. Printed on quality glossy
paper and designed in a lavish fashion that reflects the random nature
of John’s thoughts on life, the book itself certainly looks the part.
The contents are presented in digestible chunks of varying lengths,
making it reader friendly. Whether you prefer to read from front to
back or just dip in, there’s no right or wrong. Which is very much the
essence of the book itself.
So what’s it all about? Open and it explodes like a grenade. Packed
full of John’s thoughts and musings on a seemingly infinite range of
issues, it gives a deep insight into John’s thinking, embracing both
his world view and life’s minutiae. Builders. Technophobes. Kitchens.
Patience. Bandmates. Pizza. Serial Killers. Early Gigs. Smackheads.
Record Companies. Sat Nav. Dad. Japanese Toilets. Agincourt. Home
Carer. Ham Sandwich. Decision Making. These subjects are but a flavour.
And yes, the Sex Pistols and PiL are included.
John is complex and his thoughts can be far from ‘safe’ at times, but
never are they cruel. He also talks a lot of sense, such as questioning
why so many blindly follow one political party regardless of their
John doesn’t expect you to agree with everything, you can’t, you are
not John. We are all different and that is a key point to take from
this. It will challenge you, make you think about your own position on
so many, many things, from the aforementioned politics, to well, the
boozer. Thankfully it’s a book far removed from doom and gloom; there’s
humour and squirrels a-plenty throughout.
Take this random pick, from John’s thoughts on Moaning: “Hopefully
people will see the hilarity in me, that I’ve tried to enjoy my life as
best I can and do the best with what I’ve been given and I don’t sit
around moaning about any of it, really.”
You may want to take cover from John’s scattergun but you’ll still get
hit. Some of the wounds will leave an indelible mark on you. Are you
brave enough? You may be wrong, you may be right. Like John, but
different. Like life.
Read the title.
by Phil Singleton
Published 15 October 2020. Limited signed print run
of 10,000. Order here.
Save The Sex Pistols ©2020 Phil Singleton /
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reproduced without permission.