Vivienne Westwood discussed how she thought Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon was a “feeling”, but “didn’t have any more ideas” when the band split.
Westwood spoke to NME around the release Wake Up Punka new documentary film directed by Nigel Askew and filled with content about the punk legend.
Asked by NME about why she said in Wake Up Punk that Lydon had “lost his dojo in recent years,” Westwood replied, “I think John Lydon is a sensation. I think he’s so convincing about himself and his ideals – and I believe in him. He closes in on the idea that those who ran the world and caused the Vietnam War are still primarily responsible – and that’s why we talk about anarchy.
“It has become an absolute thing about youth against age. The way the song ‘Anarchy In The UK’ started, it was absolutely creepy and I’ve never heard anything like it since. “
When asked what happened, Westwood continued: “When the Sex Pistols were folded, he had no further ideas. We have something to say and you don’t just get ideas, they don’t just fall from the sky.
“You have to read, you have to try and understand. You have to think for yourself. And you have to do your best. You realize what you put in and that’s what people don’t understand today. They think they might just be a rebel. Well, you can’t, you see, and that’s what I thought was wrong. ”
Directed by Nigel Askew, Wake Up Punk documentary that chronicles the decline of punk music through interviews with the fashion designer and her two sons, Ben Westwood and Joe Corré.
Summary for Wake Up Punk Read: “With a fusion of documentaryism and magical realism, the film captures intimate moments between Vivienne and her sons Ben and Joe as they candidly discuss their relationship. his ties to Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and stories from the punk era.”
Sex Pistols is also the subject of another new show, directed by Danny Boyle Pistol.
Prior to its release, Lydon called the film a “middle-class fantasy” and equated his old bandmates with, “They could all be damned.”
https://www.nme.com/news/music/vivienne-westwood-once-sex-pistols-folded-john-lydon-didnt-have-any-more-ideas-3226304?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vivienne-westwood-once-sex-pistols-folded-john-lydon-didnt-have-any-more-ideas “Once Sex Pistols folded, John Lydon didn’t have any more ideas”