PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. – 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – CAREER-SPANNING, NEW MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FILM ‘THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN’

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LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL SCREENINGS AND IN-PERSON CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LYDON AND DIRECTOR, TABBERT FIILLER

TUES., NOV. 6–ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD 7:00PM* (Tickets) *Film Screening only

WED., NOV. 7–ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS* 8:00PM (Tickets*John Lydon Q&A and film screening

 

“… this affectionate and frank movie can elicit newfound admiration for a slightly mellowed iconoclast.”

– NEW YORK TIMES (9/13/18)

As JOHN LYDON’s PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) sold-out North American tour in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the pioneering group comes to a close, the group has announced two Los Angeles area screenings of the music documentary film THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN.

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN

Los Angeles Film Screenings

Tuesday, November 6:

7:00PM film, ArcLight Hollywood

Wednesday, November 7*:

8:00PM film,  ArcLight Sherman Oaks*

9:30PM: PHOTO OPP w/ JOHN LYDON and film director Tabbert Fiiller

9:40PM: A conversation with JOHN LYDON and Tabber Fiiller

*This is the only L.A. screening that John and Tabbert will attend.

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN the new documentary film made its North American theatrical premiere on Sept. 14 in New York City at The Metrograph. From Abramorama and Verisimilitude,THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN film tells the story of music icon JOHN LYDON and his pioneering group PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) with a level of depth and intimacy never-before-seen. Loaded with electrifying archival performance and interview footage, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN was directed by Tabbert Fiiller and produced by Verisimilitude’s Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray as well as Phaedon Papadopoulos and Fiiller. The film features in-depth interviews with JOHN LYDON, former and current PUBLIC IMAGE LTD bandmates as well as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys)and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) among others. For all theatrical dates:https://thepublicimageisrotten.com.

 

More critical praise for THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:

“A tremendous piece of work, covering PiL’s existence from beginning to present.”

– LA WEEKLY (10/31/18)

“impressive.”

– AUSTIN CHRONICLE (10/25/18)

 

“The Public Image Ltd.frontman and former “Mr. Johnny Rotten” has been reflecting lately on the last four decades of his career, the time in which he separated himself from the Sex Pistolsand became a post-punk pioneer, exploring arty indulgences and mantra-like rock. Over the past eight years, he’s reviewed his life story while participating in interviews for a new documentary, The Public Image Is Rotten. The film offers a cursory look at the Pistols and then offers a blow-by-blow deep dive on all the difficulties he’s had to overcome since he set out on his own — from kleptomaniac and drug-addicted bandmates to spiteful record labels and police harassment. It features commentary from several musicians who played with him over the years, as well as a battery of admirers.”

— ROLLING STONE (9/21/18)

 

“In a career spanning more than four decades, John Lydon has permanently altered music history—first as Johnny Rotten, the infamous lead singer of the Sex Pistols, and later as the leader of Public Image Ltd, a groundbreaking, shape-shifting band with a sound that’s veered from noise to dance to dub and post-rock and beyond.”

— VOGUE (9/13/18)

 

JOHN LYDON, LU EDMONDS, SCOTT FIRTH and BRUCE SMITH continue as PUBLIC IMAGE LTD and remain the longest stable line-up in the band’s history. THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:NORTH AMERICAN TOUR follows the band’s summer headlining UK/Europe tour which included sold-out shows as well as festival performances and Japanese dates. The group’s worldwide tour in 2016 followed the release of their 10 th studio album ‘ What The World Needs Now … ’ (2015) and the critically-acclaimed ‘ This is PiL ’ (2012) which marked the band’s first album in 17 years. ‘ What The World Needs Now ’ peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim worldwide from both the press and public. (The album also peaked at #3 in the official UK indie charts and # 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘ What The World Needs Now … ’ was self-funded by PiLand released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

 

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD’s music and vision has earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums . With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘ That What Is Not’ . After a 17-year hiatus , LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

 

Further happenings surrounding the 40 th Anniversary of PUBLIC IMAGE LTD in 2018 include a career-spanning boxset. Available now, The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart) is a 5CD/2DVD   boxset package featuring the PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015), B-sides, Rarities and a Live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989 . The DVD also includes PiL promo videos + footage from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test as well as two legendary full PUBLIC IMAGE LTD concerts.

 

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD is:

John Lydon – After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.

 

Lu Edmonds – Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned , Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘ Happy?’ and co-writing the album ‘9’ , adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.

 

Bruce Smith – Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘ Happy?’ and ‘9’ . Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold.

 

Scott Firth – A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood , John Martyn and Elvis Costello.

 

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD :

www.pilofficial.comwww.facebook.com/pilofficial|   www.youtube.com/pilofficial

www.twitter.com/pilofficial(@pilofficial) | www.instagram.com/pilofficial

 

About ‘THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN’ film:

The career-spanning, new music documentary on the band THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTENfromAbramorama andVerisimilitude, tells the story of music icon John Lydonand his pioneering group PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL)with a level of depth and intimacy never-before-seen. Following a sold-out screening at Camden London’s Odeon Cinema, the film is now in release across the United Kingdom and select European cities throughout the summer, followed by a North American theatrical tour which began September 14at TheMetrograph in New York City. Loaded with electrifying archival performance and interview footage, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTENwas Directed by Tabbert Fiiller and produced by Verisimilitude’s Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray as well as Phaedon Papadopoulosand Fiiller . The film features in-depth interviews with JOHN LYDON, former and current PUBLIC IMAGE LTD bandmates as well as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) among others.

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (2017 USA, 103 min-English) A Verisimilitude production, Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, Produced by Tyler Brodie, Hunter Gray, Phaedon Papadopoulos, Tabbert Fiiller, Executive Producers John Rambo Stevens, Cameron Brodie, Nick Shumaker, Director of Photography Yamit Shimonovitz, Editor Eric Pritchard, Music Supervision Dan Wilcox, Co-Producers Andrew Adair, Scotty Murphy, Associate Producers Andra Gordon, Kate West, Additional Cinematography Tobias Datum, Original Score Dave Wilder, Supervising Sound Editor Gabriel Reyna. An Abramorama global theatrical, digital and broadcast release .

JOHN LYDON, LU EDMONDS, SCOTT FIRTH and BRUCE SMITH continue as PUBLIC IMAGE LTD and remain the longest stable line-up in the band’s history. The band’s sold-out THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN: FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR follows their summer headlining UK/Europe tour which included sold-out shows as well as festival performances and Japanese dates. The group’s worldwide tour in 2016 followed the release of their 10thstudio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) and the critically-acclaimed ‘This is PiL’ (2012) which marked the band’s first album in 17 years. ‘What The World Needs Now’ peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim worldwide from both the press and public. (The album also peaked at #3 in the official UK indie charts and # 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘What The World Needs Now…’ was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD’s music and vision has earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17-year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

Further happenings surrounding the 40thAnniversary of PUBLIC IMAGE LTD in 2018 include a career-spanning boxset. Available now, The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart) is a

5CD/2DVD boxset package featuring the PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015), B-sides, Rarities and a Live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989. The DVD also includes PiL promo videos + footage from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test as well as two legendary full PUBLIC IMAGE LTD concerts.

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD is:

John Lydon – After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.

Lu Edmonds – Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.

Bruce Smith – Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘Happy?’ and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold.

 

Scott Firth – A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.

 

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD:

www.pilofficial.comwww.facebook.com/pilofficial|  www.youtube.com/pilofficial

www.twitter.com/pilofficial(@pilofficial) | www.instagram.com/pilofficial

 

About ‘THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN’ film:

The career-spanning, new music documentary on the band THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTENfromAbramorama andVerisimilitude, tells the story of music icon John Lydonand his pioneering group PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL)with a level of depth and intimacy never-before-seen. Following a sold-out screening at Camden London’s Odeon Cinema, the film is now in release across the United Kingdom and select European cities throughout the summer, followed by a North American theatrical tour which began September 14at TheMetrograph in New York City. Loaded with electrifying archival performance and interview footage, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTENwas Directed by Tabbert Fiiller andproduced by Verisimilitude’s Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray as well as Phaedon Papadopoulosand Fiiller. The film features in-depth interviews with JOHN LYDON, former and current PUBLIC IMAGE LTD bandmates as well as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) among others.

 

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (2017 USA, 103 min-English) A Verisimilitude production, Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, Produced by Tyler Brodie, Hunter Gray, Phaedon Papadopoulos, Tabbert Fiiller, Executive Producers John Rambo Stevens, Cameron Brodie, Nick Shumaker, Director of Photography Yamit Shimonovitz, Editor Eric Pritchard, Music Supervision Dan Wilcox, Co-Producers Andrew Adair, Scotty Murphy, Associate Producers Andra Gordon, Kate West, Additional Cinematography Tobias Datum, Original Score Dave Wilder, Supervising Sound Editor Gabriel Reyna. An Abramorama global theatrical, digital and broadcast release.

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