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Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon

sophiefrancoiselucie's review against another edition

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3.0

J'adore John Lydon et je sais qu'il s'en fout probablement que son bouquin soit pas super bien écrit mais quand même... à quoi ça sert un ghostwriter alors?

kyle_g's review against another edition

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There's nothing punk about Johnny Rotten. I was so deeply disappointed in what I learned in this book about who John Lyndon is I stopped reading it about 3/4 of the way through. He's a pro establishment right winger who likes pissing people off to get his rocks off. It's embarrassing this man is considered a punk icon. May history forget him.

ksbookjunky's review against another edition

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3.0

If you read his first book then you know his story. Much of it is repeated here in this version. The writing style is set to his voice (i.e. it reads like John talks) so that can be confusing if you aren't familiar with what he sounds like. But then if you aren't familiar with John, why would you read this book? He's a creative genius to be sure but he's also an egomaniac and unfortunately too much of the latter clouds the reading experience of this book. Worth it if you're a true fan but skip it if you aren't

jurga's review against another edition

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I really wanted to like it. Enjoyed first part of the book where Johnny is talking about his childhood but after that I just found it quite toxic, bitter and repetitive I could not carry on reading it. 

lvtz's review against another edition

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reflective fast-paced

2.75

itsgg's review against another edition

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I'm only about 1/4 through this book, but I'm not sure I'm going to finish it. First of all, it's tough to get through because of all the antique British slang: Yobs, demob suits, teddy boys, the Paddies... I suppose I could stop to google all of these but then the going would be even slower.

Secondly, Lydon introduces characters and events with no factual context, as if you should already know who they are and why they are significant. I haven't read any other books about the Sex Pistols, who were slightly before my time (I was born in 1974), so when he begins a chapter with (for example) "We didn't even ask for the Bill Grundy Today show thing" and then proceeds to discuss it in detail, the reader is left to wonder what "the Bill Grundy Today show thing is" and why it matters. Elsewhere, characters are introduced by first name only with no historical context of who they are in relation to Lydon. He introduces topics by railing against something apparently erroneous that other people have said about people and past events, without even telling us what was said that made him so incensed.

All of this, combined with the fact that it's 500+ pages of Lydon's grating writing style, which attempts to sound extremely casual but just comes across as self-conscious, makes it a very disappointing read so far. I may pick at it until my library Kindle loan expires, but I don't see myself finishing it.

spacegrass's review against another edition

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2.0

Enjoyed reading this for about the first quarter of the book. But extremely long-winded and got bored so gave up.

miss_red's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny informative reflective slow-paced

5.0

kfrench1008's review against another edition

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5.0

Extremely entertaining and seemingly told in his real voice.

monty_reads's review against another edition

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emotional funny informative inspiring lighthearted reflective medium-paced

4.5