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Pistol: what is fiction and what is reality in the Sex Pistols series?

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Several events in Pistol are based on real life, but the Sex Pistols series takes some liberties in storytelling.

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Sex Pistols, an iconic English punk rock band, had some audiovisual productions that told the group’s history, such as The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980), Sid & Nancy – Love Kills (1986) and The Trash and the Fury (2000). the most recent is pistola miniseries produced by FX based on the book Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistolwritten by the founding member and singer Steve Jones.

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pistol is commanded by Danny Boyle and revolves around Jones. It is worth remembering how Glen Matlock (bass player), Paul Cook (drummer) and the estate of Sid Vicious, who died at the age of 21 from an overdose, approved the production of the series. Although, John Lydon didn’t get involved and sued the former bandmates in an effort to stop it, but it didn’t work out.

Like most Hollywood biographies, pistol it has many true events, but changes some to better develop the narrative and bring more drama, for example. See what is fiction and what is reality in the series, according to the list of Rolling Stone USAbelow:

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Glen Matlock appeared too soon

Unlike the miniseries, Glen Matlock joined the band only when Steve Jones and Paul Cook approached the manager Malcolm McLarenwho suggested how matlockwho worked the Saturday shift at the store Fricould be a good option.

Steve Jones was not arrested for stealing equipment

Steve Jones was spared a long prison sentence after McLaren tell the judge what an honest member of society he was, but this is quite dramatized in pistol when the manager’s character rushes to court at the last second and tells a ridiculous lie about Jones taking care of son, sick mother and the death of beloved uncle Dickie.

Chrissie Hynde’s Role in Steve Jones’ Life Was Less “Beautiful”

In real life, Chrissie Hynde and Steve Jones were friends with occasional affairs, but it was nothing like the deep, lasting relationship seen in pistol. She also worked at Fri for a short period. But in the miniseries, it feels like she’s been there for years.

Chrissie Hynde Never Almost Married Steve Jones

What actually happened was: Chrissie Hynde he requested John Lydon in marriage first, but it was Sid Vicious who actually agreed to do so in exchange for two pounds. (SteveJones played no role in it.) They gathered the necessary papers and almost finished the process, but the registry office was closed that day for a long holiday.

Glen Matlock Didn’t Fire Steve Jones

Glen Matlock left the sex pistols in early 1977, not long after an interview with Bill Grundy make them famous all over England. Over the years, the band justified the decision to fire him: matlock was too fond of mainstream music, didn’t look like a true punk star, didn’t grow up on the streets, and found the message of “God Save The Queen” very radical.

Sid Vicious did some bass on Never Mind The Bollocks

Sid Vicious actually had hepatitis much of the time, and he was indeed an inexperienced bass player, but he was released from the hospital before the band finished recording Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistolsand vicious go to Wessex Sound Studios for the session “Bodies.”

Nancy Spungen appeared in Sid Vicious’ life differently

In real life, John Lydon really presented Nancy Spungen The Sid Vicious. This happened in March 1977 at the first concert of vicious at the sex pistols. “For me it would end in disaster, but not the way it did,” he wrote. Lydon in the second memoir entitled Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored.

“I thought about how he would have sex with her and regret it in the morning. But he liked the idea that she looked lost and ruined,” he continued.

Steve Jones, Chrissie Hynde and Paul Cook Didn’t Drug Nancy Spungen

In pistolthe trio Steve Jones, Chrissie Hynde and Paul Cook are sent by McLaren to give drugs to Nancy Spungen and put her on a plane. In fact, they didn’t need any of that and she actually left the country for a while. However, she returned at the moment when sex pistols played “God Save The Queen” — and had a tearful meeting with Sid Vicious.

Source: Rollingstone

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