Johnny Lydon Tell-All

A British TV show called Sky Arts: In Confidence is set to air an interview tonight with Johnny Lydon about his life.  He’ll talk about his battle with meningitis as a kid–a four-year ordeal that started at age seven–along with his family life and why he did a TV commercial for butter.

On his the death of his step-daughter, Ari Up of the Slits:

‘She knew she had cancer and she deliberately ignored it and went for lunatic left-wing crackpot theories. And that will kill you stone dead. Every single time.

‘If you want to survive something as curable as breast cancer, do not go to the far-out loonies. But, ultimately, those are decisions Arianna made herself and some of us in the family think it was almost suicide.’

And why the butter commercial?

‘The money that came out [of the butter advert]… not an enormous amount, you know, and certainly not one to complement the 87 per cent increase in their sales – you owe me more – but [it was] enough to get PiL started up again and get some debt off my back.

‘But the company treated us so well and with such respect that it was a joy working with them – really, really honest and above board, and I’d not seen that in any record company situation. Not ever.’

Read more here. And let’s enjoy that butter commercial one more time, shall we?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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