Sex Pistols - The Nashville April 1976 - PT Madden©
Sex Pistols - The Nashville 1976 - PT Madden©
Sex Pistols - The Nashville April 1976 - PT Madden©
Sex Pistols – The Nashville 1976 – PT Madden©

Orders Six-Episode Limited Series from Academy Award® Winning Director Danny Boyle 

Pistol Is Based on Sex Pistols’ Guitarist Steve Jones’ Memoir 
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Series Was Created by Executive Producer/Writer Craig Pearce,
Boyle Is Executive Producer and Director, and Executive Produced by wiip

Pistol Stars Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, 
Fabien Frankel, Dylan Llewellyn, Maisie Williams, Sydney Chandler and Emma Appleton

(Read this! Never Mind The Bollocks – an in-depth re-evaluation by John Robb here

Buy the acclaimed in depth book John Robb ‘Punk Rock An Oral History’ here )

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, January 11, 2021 – FX has ordered Pistolc a six-episode limited series about the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, it was announced today by Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment.

Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series from Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, who will also serve as Executive Producer and director, was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as Executive Producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and wiip. The series is produced by FX Productions and is set to begin production on March 7.

“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” said Grad. “Steve Jones was at the center of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.”

“Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,” said Boyle. “This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”

“The Sex Pistols changed music forever and Danny Boyle is the perfect director to tell Steve Jones’ story fueled by raw creativity and destruction,” said Paul Lee, CEO wiip. “We’re thrilled to be making this with our friends at FX.

Anchored by Jones’ memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. Their single “God Save the Queen” was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.

Pistol stars Toby Wallace (BabyteethAcute Misfortune) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl1917, Blackbird) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola HomesMedici) as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (The SerpentNYPD Blue) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (The WitcherTraitors) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.

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  1. John thanks for the photo credit pls let Danny Boyle know he can always call me as a fifteen-gig (inc St Martins) pre-Grundy eye witness ptmadden


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