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with thanks to Punky Joe & Shonie
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3rd February
The Times: "Sex Pistol sends Dairy Crest butter sales soaring. Dairy Crest has hailed an 85 per cent rise in its spreadables business on a leap in its butter sales thanks to John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, the lead singer of the Sex Pistols. The company said that the jump in sales volumes of its spreadables in the third quarter to December 31, 2008 was helped by its £5 million advertising campaign featuring Mr Lydon's promotion of its Country Life butter. In the television advert the punk legend, dressed in country tweeds, says: "It's not about Great Britain, it's about Great Butter." Dairy Crest had issued a profit warning in November but, announcing its results today, it said that trading had steadied because of strong performances by some of its key brands." timesonline.co.uk [thanks Paul Jamieson]

9th January 2009
"Johnny Rotten is Wiltshire's favourite pop star. A portrait of Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten has been chosen by the public as their favourite artwork in the first Open exhibition staged at The Pound arts centre in Corsham. " www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/ [thanks Dave Eachus]

19th October 2008
Exclusive - John Lydon fan letter January 1978 . In December 77 fan Martin Smyth wrote to John Lydon. John replied on his return to London in January 78, immediately after the Sex Pistols split. The letter gives a unique insight into John's thoughts at such a pivotal time. Read the letter here.

3rd October
"The block of flats once lived in by Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious has reopened after receiving a £5 million makeover. Rotten and Vicious squatted in the Number 39 flat of the New Court building in Hampstead , London in the late '70s."

2nd October
Enjoy Country Life. Watch the John Lydon advert: www.enjoycountrylife.co.uk " Follow British Icon John Lydon on an irreverent Great British journey.  Watch him on TV and look out for the posters and find out why he buys Country Life butter. "

30th September
The Greatest Frontperson Ever. Vote for John Lydon. NME.COM. Then watch him in the Country Life butter adverts from tomorrow.

22nd September
The Country Life adverts featuring John Lydon will begin to be aired on 1st October on ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

The One Show (BBC 1) showed John's celebrity self portrait on this evening's show, drawn during his visit to the programme on 28th July. View it here.

Swedish speedway driver Kenny Bräck, is hosting a TV show on Swedish TV4,"Kenny och Vänner" ("Kenny and friends " in English). Tonight's show is about Kenny visiting John Lydon in LA. The show will air tonight at 23.05 Swedish time. http://www.tv4.se/1.586503/kenny_vanner A clip can be viewed at http://www.tv4.se/ [Thanks Erik & Dag]

17th September
"Johnny Rotten to star in Country Life campaign." mad.co.uk reports: Former Sex Pistol John Lydon is to star in a Country Life TV advertising campaign for Dairy Crest. The campaign has been created by Grey London and is thought to be the first ad to feature Lydon, once known as Johnny Rotten. A spokesperson for Dairy Crest says: "We can confirm that John Lydon is the new face of the Country Life TV advertising campaign.
"We don't think enough people know Country Life is the only major British butter brand and John gets the message through loud and clear. He is seen as a great British icon. His independent views are part of his consumer appeal and his tongue-in-cheek sense of humour shines through in our TV advertising."

14th September
The People newspaper today has a picture of John Lydon and his wife Nora, arriving at LA airport after a flight from London, under the title Pink Rocker, a reference to the colour of their suitcases.

29th August
The Daily Mail today report on John Lydon filming a TV advert for Country Life Butter at Lurgashall Village Green in West Sussex. "One is an anarchist: Johnny Rotten turns country squire for TV butter ad... One villager said: 'It all looked very jovial. Johnny drank a few pints, smoked a few fags and had everyone in stitches.' " www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/
The Sun also cover the story: "Rotten: God Save The Tweed". with John Lydon pictured with a troup of Morris dancers during the filming. www.thesun.co.uk/

29th July
Watch John Lydon in top form on yesterday's edition of The One Show. In a razor sharp performance he answers his critics and entertains the presenters, the TV crew, and the public. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

25th July
John Lydon is the guest on Monday's edition of The One Show (BBC One 7.00-7.30pm).

15th July
Special video feature! John Lydon's Bobital Press Conference is now available to view. Jorinde Reznikoff & Klaus-Peter Flügel, who transcribed the conference for the site, have uploaded their full video footage which they shot at the event.
They wish for visitors to God Save The Sex Pistols to view it first .Click here. [Thank you Jorinde & Klaus-Peter]

12th July
Special feature! John Lydon's Bobital Press Conference. The conference has been transcribed for God Save The Sex Pistols by German journalists Jorinde Reznikoff & Klaus-Peter Flügel who were present at the event. John talks about the Bobital gig, choosing where to play, and the "new album". Click here.

11th July
John Lydon is the guest editor of the
Daily Star today. "Rules Are for Fools! I ALWAYS wanted the music business institution to fall apart - and now it is. Gloriously." dailystar.co.uk

1st July
A launch party / screening has taken place tonight for There'll Always Be An England at The Screen On The Green, Islington, attended by John Lydon.
GSTSP live update from the venue: John Lydon & Julien Temple introduced the screening, which was a 75 minute edited cut featuring songs from the concert intercut with clips from The Knowledge (DVD extra). The screening was followed by a Q&A session with John. Also present were Ian Brown & The Cribs.

18th June
View John Lydon's Acceptance Speech - MOJO Honours List 2008.

1st June
John is interviewed in today's Sunday Telegraph (Sunday Seven Magazine) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/ [thanks Nick Ward]

30th May
John's remarks about Britney Spears in his MOJO interview have been reported by the press, including The Sun. "I Can Help Britney Spears" www.gigwise.com/news

28th May
Contact Music report "Sex Pistols star JOHN LYDON wants to write a song for troubled star BRITNEY SPEARS - to help her turn her life around." http://www.contactmusic.com/

23rd April
A photograph of John appears in The Sun today, taken at the weekend in LA.

10th April
John on Radio 2 tonight 8pm. "Punk icon and reality TV star John 'Johnny Rotten' Lydon chats to Mark and Stuart." http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/ [thanks Keith]

26th February
New! John Lydon Virgin Records Publicity Stills. A set of ten pictures issued by Virgin 1977 - 83 have been submitted to the site by David Collier. Click here.

31st January
Happy birthday John , born on this day in 1956.

30th January
John Lydon's father John Lydon Snr. sadly passed away last Friday 25th January. God Save The Sex Pistols sends its condolences to John and his family.

20th January 2008
John gives his views on a wide selection of topics in a great set of videos on http://current.com/topics

13th December 2007
John is on the cover of the Christmas edition of Black & White Photography magazine.

The latest issue (December) of the US GQ includes an interview with John. Read it here. [thanks Gus & Rob]

7th December
January 08 edition of Uncut magazine contains a feature Lennon: His 30 Greatest Songs. John picks Working Class Hero.

6th December
German TV is broadcasting John Lydon's Shark Attack (originally shown in the UK Nov 04). It's titled John Lydon: Punk trifft Hai! ("Punk meets shark"). TV-station DMAX; 25th December (Christmas Day) 17.10 p.m. [thanks Patrick]

13th October
John interview for VH-1 / MTV " I don't like words like 'reunited' or 'reunion' - we just come together every now and again, when we feel the time's right," Lydon explained. "This year, the time was right because in England, they were celebrating 30 years of punk, and we let it go all year. After listening to the bands that were putting forth a load of nonsense and getting punk wrong, we thought it was about time we went back and sorted them out, and that's exactly what we're doing."

In addition to the band's seven U.K. dates, a Pistols concert has been scheduled for October 25 in West Hollywood, California - the only U.S. date thus far. Lydon did indicate that, in 2008, the Pistols will remain intact for a North American tour, and are even tinkering with the idea of starting their own festival - which would feature up-and-coming punk acts, stamped with Rotten's seal of approval - comparable to an Ozzfest or Warped Tour." http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/ [thanks Robert & Kathy]

6th October
Lydon warns Doherty to stay clean: http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/ [thanks Claire]

5th October
Manchester Evening News. Feature / interview with John. Pistols Johnny's still firing.
Major interview with John in today's Sun: Johnny's still Rotten www.thesun.co.uk

The November edition of Q magazine is a 21st Anniversary Special, which includes the 21 People Who Changed Music. John features, talking about the Sex Pistols.

25th September
Read the new John Lydon SPIN interview.
Hear John talk about the reunion on BBC Radio Ulster. Podcast available today.

21st September
Sex Pistol savages 'dead carcass' Sting. John's comments on Virgin Radio yesterday were reported in today's Sun, and also on Bog Pond News [thanks Andrew Williams]

19th September
Next week's NME includes a John interview.

July 27th
John Lydon pictured at Healey's http://livebabylive.com/bandpic

July 1st
The August issue of Uncut has an interview with John.

June 21st
John appears in the Battle Of The Bands Preview video (& shows his backside) http://www.bodog.tv/media/

Johnlydon.com reports that John is not recording a reggae album. On the Transport show Rotten commented " I love reggae to death but that don't mean I'm gonna pump out endless white-boy reggae beats. It would sound a bit hokey dokey wouldn't it? " This lead to an incorrect report in the press that he was planning a reggae record.

June 9th

John Lydon pictured in the Daily Star 8th June

Caption: Rotten Fashion.
"Former Sex Pistol John Lydon looked more country than punk as he stepped out in a pair of farmer style dungarees.
The wild singer just needed straw in his mouth to complete his hillbilly look as he strolled around sunny LA.
And judging by his memorable Bushtucker trials in the I'm A Celebrity jungle, 51 year old John certainly would not be scared by a few farm animals."

Yesterday's Sun newspaper (not all editions) had a picture of John Lydon and quoted him as saying he will be releasing a reggae album soon.

8th June
John Lydon mentioned on Talk Sport last night that the Sex Pistols may play some shows near Christmas. He stated he was "Hanging out with Steve and Paul... having a laugh in LA ."

21st May
John will be appearing on Arsenal legend Ian Wright's Talksport radio show this Thursday, May 24th, between 6-7pm (UK) . [thanks to johnlydon.com for info]

7th April
More Battle Of The Bands: John Lydon is currently garnering attention for his contribution to Bodog Music's Battle Of The Bands reality television series, in which more than 7,000 hopeful acts will be pared down to one who will win a $1-million recording contract. But the former Sex Pistols/Public Image Limited frontman, who's probably best known to the world as Johnny Rotten: http://www.chartattack.com/

5th April
John Bookman talks to John about his role as a judge in "Bodog's Battle of the Bands"
Video clips: http://www.edge.ca/bio/bookie_media.cfm

19th March
Much News weekly (Much Music) in Canada today discussed the Bodog Battle of the Bands, and interviewed John Lydon. [thanks Phil in Canada]

13th March
Johnny Rotten, Billy Duffy And Bif Naked Announce Bodog Battle Of The Bands
. "No longer just the end product of a Bovine Sex Club patron's crude fantasies, this past Friday former Sex Pistols/PIL frontman John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon, The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and singer Bif Naked shared the stage of Healey's in Toronto to announce that a rocker talent search will come to Canada for a 10-date tour in May that will hit Ottawa, London, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Regina. " http://www.chartattack.com/

3rd March

"This year at the Olustee Reenactment not only did the Yankees show up but the British made an appearance as well. John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, lead singer of the punk rock group the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, attended the Olustee festival this year." http://www.bcstandard.com/News/ [Thanks Shonie]

31st January
Happy birthday John!

Johnny Rotten to Judge Bodog's Battle of the Bands. John Lydon a.k.a "Johnny Rotten" will have a hand in deciding which band will win the Bodog Music $1 million record contract. Bodog Music's $1 Million Battle of the Bands is pleased to announce that the legendary John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) has signed on to be a judge Bodog Music's $1 Million Battle of the Bands.

After participating in over 300 live battle concerts, the 16 bands who remain of the 7,000 entrants, have taken the competition on the road, starting with a stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The final elimination tour and shooting of the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands reality show is now under way. Lydon was a founding member of the groundbreaking punk rock band the Sex Pistols . He then went on to found the successful outfit Public Image Limited .

Lydon offered these words of wisdom to Bodog: "I don't like decaffeinated teabags. The offer to this show came in the season to be jolly (xmas). I don't know who Bodog is. I still don't, but I may in the future. I admire the wit, audacity and touch of genius to entrust me with the future of rock and roll. I do not do judgment. I don't take judgment. But, by the end of this show you'll know what this judge meant. I don't like decaffeinated teabags. P.S. - I always loved live music and these bands genuinely enjoy what they do, and they write their own songs. Thank you. Fresh. Whoever wins Bodog's cash cow contract is well worth it cause every single band in here is worth it. Words not given lightly. Up yours, John Rotten."

With only 16 bands left, which band will rock their way to the million? For more information, including Battle of the Bands tour dates, check out Bodog Music . [Thanks Shonie]

28th January
It was revealed on KROQ show Loveline, that one of their hosts is shooting a TV show with John in Cleveland.

19th January
"Johnny Rotten, the grumpy old punk Religion, heaven and hell are all targets for the former Sex Pistol, who gets to rant freely in a new television show By Anthony Barnes, Arts and Media Correspondent" http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/ [thanks Shonie]

10th January 2007
The Meaning of Life BBC1 Sunday 14 Jan, 10:15 pm - 10:45 pm.
Is That It? "Documentary series which offers some entertaining, original and thought-provoking theories as to how we got here, why and what happens when it's all over. Contributors including John Lydon, Fern Britton, John Humphrys, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Bill Oddie, Dame Kelly Holmes and Alan Titchmarsh give their take on what life and death are all about." [Thanks Fred]

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