The conflict between the three ex-members of the Sex Pistols, the iconic punk band, continues to dominate the charts of the English courts. Behind the lawsuit by guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook against John Lydon (known as Johnny Rotten) for his opposition to the group’s songs being played in Pistol, the biographical series produced by Danny Boyle, the singer spoke in court and was dispatched against all.
After the trial in the High Court of London, which will last several days, Judge Anthony Mann must rule if Lydon is violating an agreement signed in 1998 in which it was agreed that the decisions on song licenses would be made “by majority”, or if the former player can block it unilaterally.
When appearing in front of the lawyers, Rotten said that the series is “The most disrespectful m … I’ve had to endure and I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have the right to insist that I do something with what I disagree morally heart and soul without any participation ”. In addition, he claimed that the legal documents “terrify him” and that he “did not understand” what the agreement was about when he first signed it.
At the beginning of the process, Jones and Cook’s lawyer said that in other similar cases they had tried to reach a consensus but it had not been possible due to the “fragile and tense” relationship between band members. Chances of reunion tour? Void.
How is the series “Pistol”
The strip will concretely narrate the story of Steve Jones, guitarist of this fundamental punk band thanks to their historic debut Never Mind the Bollocks (1977) and hymns like “God Save the Queen” or “Anarchy in the UK”. Jones published in 2018 his memoirs titled “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” in which the series will be inspired.
With six episodes, the project will feature Boyle as director and executive producer. Imagine storming the world of ‘The Crown’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ with your colleagues and shout your songs and your fury to everything they represent, “he said in a statement.
The actors in full shooting (Photo: Clicks News and Media / Daily Mail)
“This is the moment when British society and culture changed forever. It’s the detonation point for British street culturewhere ordinary young people had the stage and unleashed their fury and fashion, where everyone had to see and hear them, and where everyone feared or followed them, ”added Boyle. The series is expected to hit television in early 2022, pending the decision of the London court on music rights.