Sex Pistols: Former members sue Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s music in Danny Boyle’s upcoming series | Ents & Arts News
Two former members of the punk band Sex Pistols are suing frontman Johnny Rotten in an attempt to use the band’s music in an upcoming TV series about anarchic icons.
Paul Cook and Steve Jones want the tracks to be used in Pistol, which will be done by the director of Trainspotting Danny boyle, but Rotten (real name John Lydon) said it was “disrespectful” and refused to give permission.
Cook and Jones say the band agreed in 1998 that licensing decisions like this would be made on a “majority rule basis,” but Lydon contends that use of their music cannot be granted without his consent.
Edmund Cullen, who represents Cook and Jones at the High Court in London, said the former comrades in the group had a “fragile and troubled” relationship.
He added that the band’s original bassist Glen Mattock and the estate of his late replacement Sid Vicious were behind Cook and Jones.
Representing Lydon, Mark Cunningham said in a written argument that Jones’ memoir (on which the show will be based) portrays the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light”, and describes Johnny Rotten as “the boring little kid with the big bone structure that is always wanting more. “
The case is expected to continue next week.
Pistol, a six-part series, is slated to hit screens next year.
It is to be streamed on Disney-owned US network FX on Hulu, and Lydon has already said plans: “Poor Johnny Rotten is the victim of Mickey Mouse.”
The Sex Pistols were formed in 1975 and had a short career that consisted of a single album. However, they have become cult icons in the music world and have since performed together on several occasions.
They are known for tracks like God Save The Queen and Anarchy In The UK.