miércoles, 5 de febrero de 2020

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John Lydon (conocido entonces como Johnny Rotten) se encontraba después de los Sex Pistols en una situación comprometida, arruinado, sin control sobre el escaso y relevante legado de su anterior y efímera banda y con la animosidad de la opinión pública contra su persona por la controvertida fama obtenida. En esas circunstancias formó Public Image Limited (o P.I.L.), la que es su banda más duradera, una amalgama de sonidos dub, tribales, after-punk y avant-garde que formó con sus amigos Keith Levene (The Clash) y Jah Wobble. También formó parte de la banda su amiga Jeannette Lee aunque encargándose de labores no musicales, como la imagen y la prensa. Jeannette era conocida en aquel circuito entre otras cosas por regentar una tienda londinense de ropa, Acme Attractions, junto a Don Letts, el que fuera pincha de la discoteca Roxy, que contribuyó a la popularidad del reggae entre los punks, colaborador de los Clash, posteriormente en B.A.D. y más recientemente aclamado director de documentales. Jeanette, que aparece en la portada de un disco de la banda, Flowers Of Romance (nombre tomado de un irrelevante grupo en el que militó Sid Vicious), participaría después en la discográfica Rough Trade y en la fama de bandas como The Smiths o Pulp. Jarvis Cocker, cantante de estos últimos, descubrió en casa de Jeanette una caja llena de Polaroids de aquella época temprana, entre ellas la portada del disco referido o el single respectivo, que vinieron a formar este libro.
After the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten was in a compromised situation, ruined, without control over the scarce and relevant legacy of his previous and ephemeral band and with the animosity of public opinion towards his persona for the controversial fame obtained. In those circumstances he formed Public Image Limited (or P.I.L.), which has become his most durable band, an amalgam of dub, tribal, after-punk and avant-garde sounds that he formed with his friends Keith Levene (The Clash) and Jah Wobble. His friend Jeanette Lee was also part of the band although she was in charge of non-musical labours, such as image and the press. Jeannette was known in that circuit among other things for running a London clothing store, Acme Attractions, with Don Letts, the one who dj'd at the Roxy nightclub, which contributed to the popularity of reggae among the punks, collaborator of the Clash, later in B.A.D. and more recently acclaimed documentary director. Jeannette, who appears on the cover of the band's album Flowers Of Romance (name taken from an irrelevant group in which Sid Vicious militated), would later participate in the Rough Trade record label and in the fame of bands like The Smiths or Pulp . Jarvis Cocker, singer of the latter, discovered in Jeanette's house a box full of Polaroids from that early era, including the cover of the aforementioned album, which came to form this book. 


Jeannette Lee: Private Image (Idea, 2017)