John Lydon

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John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, has lost a legal battle against other former members of the Sex Pistols. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon on Monday lost a legal battle to prevent other members of the punk rock band from using the group’s music in a (...)

“The finest songwriter of his generation,” was George Martin’s estimation of Noel Gallagher. Where do you go from there? Claim with some justification(...)

Don Letts: “Contrary to popular opinion, it’s a beautiful world”

“I’m as old as rock’n’roll,” Donovan Letts, who turned 65 in January, says with a laugh. Don Letts documents his remarkable life in an entertaini(...)

Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week the veteran English protest singer Billy Bragg joined us for a chat on the Irish Times politics podcast (which, I am contractually obliged t(...)

Morrissey has given support to Brexit, and the far-right party For Britain

On either side of the accession to power of Margaret Thatcher, two great songs acted as harbingers of the long, slow death of the British state. Both (...)

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s Brexit. Illustration: Angelo McGrath (with apologies to Jamie Reid)

If you are English and in your 50s or early 60s, two things are likely to be true of you. One is that in 2016 you voted to leave the European Union: 6(...)

Damon Albarn: “I’ve always been very strong on finishing work at five and cooking dinner.” Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

With the honourable exceptions of The Traveling Wilburys, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, supergroups tend to b(...)

Rotten rollers: John Lydon and Public Image Ltd celebrate 40 years at Dublin’s Vicar St on Sunday

Dott Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin Saturday August 25th 8pm €8 whelanslive.com Galway band Dott is but one of many under-the-radar music acts that posse(...)

Pope Francis: a big attraction for many, but also easy to avoid this weekend. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

It’s estimated that 500,000 people will descend on the Phoenix Park for the papal Mass on Sunday, while countless others will head to Knock, Croke Par(...)

Bob Dylan: on his 1966 British tour he binned the dungarees and lumberjack shirts of the Greenwich Village years and stocked up in the boutiques of Carnaby Street. Photograph: Ochs/Getty

Forty years ago I got a summer job on a building site near Dalkey, that picturesque coastal village in south Co Dublin, making tea and running errands(...)

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