Justin Thomas Photography

Johnny Rotten

 Johnny Rotten, PIL Press Conference

Lancaster Gate Hotel, London - 26/10/1983


Johnny was on fine form at his press conference. He seemed very relaxed and not his usual aggressive, sarcastic self. I’d noticed that someone had left a copy of the Evening Standard close to where he was sitting. The headline was about some new warning about the contraceptive pill. Somebody had put a piece of white sticky tape over the final letter ’L’. When he had finished answering questions, I thrust it into his hand and asked him to pose. He looked at it, raised his eyebrows, then gave me one withering stare. The photographer whose copy of the paper it was, then asked Johnny to pose again with it,but he refused... I got a barrage of abuse from the photographer, but I had the frame!

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