'Lollipop Opera' is the backdrop to Finsbury Park. A place that is very thriving, interracial and lot of music stores, Greek, Turkish, all sorts of immigrant music. It's utter Englishness. It blends the Jamaicans, the Irish. It's like what Jim Reeves did with American country music.

John Lydon

John Lydon

Profession: Singer
Nationality: British

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You need the past as a guideline. The history of music is a good basis, but to escape that stuff, that tortuous rulebook, you have to learn it first. It's kind of like religion - once you've written the Bible, that's it, move on.

I hate death; it takes people away from you. You're left feeling rudderless.

I love pop music. It's not easy to write a good pop song.

I think there's something basically wrong with the general public that they do need their icons.

The day I run out of ideas is the day I stop making records.

Just because people think politically different to you doesn't mean they're inhuman.

Words cannot express quite a lot of feelings, whereas a noise or tone or drone or sound, an accordion falling down a staircase, can somehow capture an emotion much better.

The real color of my hair is mouse. I always want to be ginger, which I was when I was born, or blond, because I live in L.A., and I want to look like I go surfing without any physical effort.

I've been in very many situations where I've not liked the other members of the band or they have not liked me. I grew up presuming that's the way music was made. It doesn't need to be that way. It's taken me years years to find that out.

I always find the mirror in the dressing room is where the best artists are.

I had an Irish Catholic education. Horrible nuns, vindictive and cruel.

I'm no one's lap dog, you can't put me on a leash.

I have values. But morals are Christian. There's no religion here. Values. Don't hurt when you don't need to, but don't let anybody step over that line - it's an invisible line, but it's respect for somebody's space.

As a human being, I'm work in process.