Two former members of the Sex Pistols have sued frontman Johnny Rotten for preventing the group’s songs from being used in a television series about anarchic punk rock icons.
At the center of the controversy is the television series “Pistol”, which is due to be broadcast next year and is directed by Danny Boyle, awarded with an Academy Award for directing the films “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire”.
Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook want the songs to appear on the series “Pistol,” which is based on Jones’ memoirs, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reveals today.
Former singer Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, understands the series to be “disrespectful” and therefore refuses to give permission for the songs to be included.
The lawsuit is already in court and this Thursday Edmund Cullen, Jones and Cook’s lawyer, told the judge that the former Sex Pistol teammates have a “fragile and turbulent” relationship.
Cullen’s defense is based on a band agreement signed in 1998, which defined that decisions on licensing requests could be determined by majority vote.
Lydon, on the other hand, claims that licenses to use songs must always have your consent.
In this legal battle, Cullen argues that both the band’s original bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of Matlock’s replacement Sid Vicious supported Cook and Jones’ position.
AP recalls that Vicious died in 1979, when he was just 21 years old.
Lydon’s lawyer, Mark Cunningham, claims that Jones’ memoir — which underpins the series — portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”
At one point, adds Cunningham, Johnny Rotten is described as “the annoying brat with the big bone structure who is always asking for more,” the AP reports.
The lawsuit continues next week.
Formed in London in 1975, the Sex Pistols have become a symbol with songs like “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”.
The band broke up in 1978 after releasing an album, but the members got together several times to give concerts.
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