Why Famous: Also known as Johnny Rotten, the singer of the 1970s punk band the Sex Pistols has gone from causing moral panic to becoming something of a national icon since the heady days of the punk explosion. With the band he penned singles such as "God Save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the U.K."
After the break-up of the band in 1978 Lydon formed a band called Public Image Ltd.
- 1977-06-18 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten & Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub
- 1978-07-25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image
- 1979-06-30 Johnny Rotten and Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"
- 1980-10-06 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months imprisonment on assault charges