Sid Vicious by Alan G. ParkerI didn’t expect this to be a barrel of laughs and so of course it proved. It can’t be anything other than depressing – dead at 21. An interesting and likeable kid, outgoing and bright, friend to the desperately shy John Lydon, who would eventually become Johnnie Rotten. It was J.R. who would give the moniker ‘Sid’ to Simon/ John, to use his real name, because the latter hated it. Desperate to get into the band with Rotten, who he was in awe of to begin with, he became the bass player in place of Glen Matlock. He lacked the skills, but hey, so what, it’s punk man! He was always a show man and he had style. His moniker was designed to fit someone with schizoid tendencies, whether real, imagined or assumed. The role of the drugs ensured that the ‘real’ Sid remains a bit of a fuzz ball for all time.
It’s hard not to speculate what might have been; if this ‘Artful Dodger’ with the cheeky grin, a bright, intelligent kid had been surrounded by different people. He might have had a different mother who wasn’t a heroin addict. Another hand of Fate might have seen him avoiding the clutches of the manipulators who surrounded him. Thus he might never have met the rather odious Malcolm McLaren and his erstwhile partner, Vivienne Westwood. The latter, according to Parker, was always seeking to bed the good looking waif. He might have stayed longer at art school where he showed some aptitude. Then, he might never have set eyes on Nancy Spungen. Glimpses of the ‘real’ Sid are sparse. An abiding one for me is of a gangly big kid surrounded by little kids. Only with them could he be himself and at ease.
But the cards dealt out were different. I found the latter part of the book very interesting and it engaged, as a good detective story might: did he or didn’t he kill Nancy? Was his death suicide? Lots of unanswered questions.
Man will always flirt with his self destruct button as a moth is attracted to the flame. In Sid’s case his hand was pressed down hard against it throughout his ‘adult’ life.
I was relieved to finish it. Whilst it interested me it was profoundly depressing. It was also littered with typos and the sort of mistakes which a good editor or proof reader should have weeded out. 3*
Malcolm McLaren: Sid didn't kill Nancy
He achieved fame as a member of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols , replacing Glen Matlock , who had fallen out of favour with the rest of the group. Due to intravenous drug use , Vicious was hospitalised with hepatitis during the recording of the Sex Pistols' only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols ; his bass is only partially featured on one song - "Bodies". Vicious later appeared as a lead vocalist, performing three songs, on the soundtrack to The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle , a largely fictionalised documentary about the Sex Pistols. As the Sex Pistols were gaining attention, Vicious met Nancy Spungen , and the pair entered a relationship which culminated in Spungen's death from an apparent stab wound while staying in New York City 's Hotel Chelsea with Vicious. Under suspicion of murder, Vicious was released on bail; he was arrested again for assaulting Todd Smith, brother of Patti Smith , at a nightclub, and underwent drug rehabilitation on Rikers Island. He died in after overdosing on heroin. On 15 December , a compilation of live material recorded during his brief solo career was released as Sid Sings.
Thirty years after the death of Sid Vicious, manager Malcolm McLaren has returned to the mystery of the Sex Pistol and his murdered girlfriend. His lover, Nancy Spungen, was in the bathroom, dead from a stab wound. Despite being arrested and charged with her murder, he always denied the crime. Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose on 1 February He was I was stunned when I first heard this and I still can't believe it.
Sid Vicious was an English bassist and vocalist. He achieved fame as a member of the punk .. Vicious died sometime in the night from an overdose and was discovered by his mother, Anne Beverley, early the next morning. In the book I don't know, but one thing I do know was that Sid did things quickly. One night, he .
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But four decades on, what really happened in Room still remains unclear. The boy born John Simon Ritchie in Lewisham was only 21 when he died. She had died of a stab wound to the abdomen on 12 October Their outlaw image has been reproduced ever since, almost to the point of meaninglessness. His mother was a heroin addict. I feel a bit responsible for his death. She finally settled in Hackney.