(Sex) Pistols at dawn over Danny Boyle's new biopic series
Sex Pistols band members accuse frontman John Lydon of being No Fun and creating Anarchy for refusing to authorise licences for the use of the band's music in Danny Boyle's forthcoming TV series, Pistol.
Rotten apple spoils the bunch
Steve Jones and Paul Cook (the former guitarist and drummer of the Sex Pistols, respectively) have accused John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) of living up to his moniker in refusing to authorise a licence of the band's music for Danny Boyle's new six-part FX series, Pistol.
The series, revolving around Jones' memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol, has Disney's backing, but has been snubbed by Lydon, who claims that he is portrayed (in the book) in a "hostile and unflattering light", and that the series script had been written, and an actor chosen to play him, without his participation or consent.
Jones and Cook have asked the High Court to permit the licensing of the music (mainly from the album Never Mind The B******s) arguing that, pursuant to a band agreement made in 1998, any licensing requests would be dealt with on a "majority rules basis", and that they have the support of the estate of the late Sid Vicious, as well as the original bassist Glen Matlock. Lydon contends that no licence can be granted without his consent.
The case is due to continue being heard by the Courts into next week, with the responsibility lying with the judge, Sir Anthony Mann, to decide whether Lydon can say to his former bandmembers - "Did You No Wrong".
We'll be keeping an eye out for the full written reasons when the Judgment is handed down in due course, and promise to provide a pun-laden summary of the decision together with some key takeaway tips for music licensing arrangements in film, TV and other entertainment content.