John Lydon — aka Johnny Rotten — and the group he founded post-Sex Pistols — is the subject of a documentary that is coming to theaters around the world this summer and fall.
After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd, a band that marks its 40th anniversary this year. The group released its debut album, “First Issue,” in 1978 and continued to release music through 1992 when they began a 17-year hiatus that ended with a worldwide tour in 2009 and the 2012 release of the LP “This is PiL.”
The band’s tenth studio album, “What the World Needs Now…,” followed in 2015.
In the documentary “The Public Image is Rotten,” which premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, current and former bandmates are joined by musicians such as Flea, Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore in speaking about the band and its musical legacy, joined by archival footage to offer a behind-the-scenes look at Lydon’s influential career.
“The Public Image is Rotten” will make a theatrical run in the US in July, and plans are to screen the film around the world through the summer and fall.