Punk rock, as degraded and as commercial and as corporate as it is now, saved Johnny Rotten’s life. Can it still save other people’s? The Sex Pistols frontman tells Gina Arnold of the Houston Press no, but you know that deep down, he really means yes, and that’s why the group is back on the road. “What I’m proud of about my past is that the things that I said then were true,” he said. “The royal family is a really negative institution and a drain on the economy that we’d be well rid of. Record companies really are corrupt. I’d like the Pistols to have been influential in helping a generation to think for itself, but I don’t really think that’s what’s happened. Before you can change the world, you have to change everything, but first you have to start with yourself.”
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