Thirty-five years ago, a young Sid Vicious committed suicide in Greenwich Village, after reportedly stabbing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death. Where do the broken-hearted go? Sid Vicious seems like one of those people who was destined to die young, and not go through the inevitable painful transitions that come with growing older, trying to find meaning in life, and dealing with constantly changing times. He himself said:
I’ll probably die by the time I reach 25. But I’ll have lived the way I wanted to.
And that’s more than many people can say for their lives. RIP Sid Vicious.
Perhaps no other art form than the humble band flyer has served to perfectly capture the essence of what makes punk rock such a powerful medium for expression. The idea that conveying feeling is more important than technical skill or conveying any pretense of perfection is embodied in the raw and wild punk rock flyers that were commonly passed out to promote various acts. Above is a flyer for the Circle Jerks, and below are five flyers that are amazing reminders of the power of punk rock art.
1. Abused flyer
2. Descendents flyer
3. The Cramps flyer
4. Flesheaters flyer
5. Sex Pistols flyer
Sid Vicious, the bassist of the Sex Pistols, died at only twenty-one years old, but the effect he has left on the music, art, and fashion world has been profound. His image is so iconic that famous artist Shepard Fairey has recently hosted an exhibition in Los Angeles dedicated to Sid Vicious called “Superman is dead,” or S.I.D. and it is a collaboration with photographer Dennis Morris and his backstage photos of Sid Vicious. Shepard Fairey also is exhibiting his artwork of Sid Vicious, and it’s selling for thousands of dollars.
Shepard Fairey is best known for his ubiquitous “Obey Giant” street-level marketing, which bore the visage of pro wrestler Andre The Giant. Fairey has also had his fair share of controversy regarding plagiarism with his artwork, from his famous portrait of Barack Obama to accusations that he heavily borrowed from various obscure artwork and design to create his own work. Click here to find out more about the exhibition.
Who knew that Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols was a singer too. In this rare video, Sid Vicious does a mocking version of the sentimental song “My Way,” made famous by Frank Sinatra. In the middle of the video the song is given a punk makeover, and Sid Vicious’ performance still shows that to this day, he may have been the archetype of what a UK punk rocker should be like. If anyone has any idea where Sid Vicious is performing this song, leave a comment with the answer!
Johnny Rotten is one old punk rocker who’s life has a happy ending. Happily married to his affluent wife Nora Forster, he recently sold his Malibu home for almost two million dollars. The house had four bedrooms, and three bathrooms. Johnny Rotten is a common sight around the Malibu area, and he seems to have settled nicely into the laid back California lifestyle. One funny thing about the sale, is that it was listed as:
Needs TLC, sold as is…
At least that listing is still a little punk rock, and getting almost two million dollars for a sold as is house sounds like a pretty good deal for Johnny Rotten.