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Sid Vicious: Max's Kansas City, NYC

Live Review by Ira Robbins, New Musical Express, 14 October 1978

ON AN unusually busy New York rock night, the attraction of an ex-Pistol was apparently sufficient to pack Max's out for a couple of sets ...

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Sid Vicious (1978)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, Spring 1978

The former Pistols "bass player" (one uses the term advisedly) talks about his version of 'My Way'; the break up of the band; The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle film; Ronald Biggs; planning a band with Johnny Thunders; being managed by girlfriend Nancy Spungen, and keeping his name.

File format: mp3; file size: 12.6mb, interview length: 13' 05" sound quality: *****

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Pistols: for Queen and country

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 19 March 1977

VIVIEN GOLDMAN trades insults at a strange press conference ...

Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten (1977) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 11 November 1977

This is a transcript of John's audio interview with Sid and Johnny. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

The Sid Vicious Guide To London Hotels

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 10 December 1977

IT WAS AT THE A&M Sex Pistols press conference, convened early this year, that newly appointed group bassist Sid Vicious gave his brusque views on ...

Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Here Comes The Wrath Of Sid!

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 17 December 1977

IT WAS the last day in November when the whole ugly mess finally exploded. Sid Vicious, the bass player of The Sex Pistols, had once ...

An Evening with Sid and Nancy – The Odd Couple Behind Closed Doors.

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 4 February 1978

SWAYING CRAZILY, Sid Vicious clambers up off the bed. He manages the three or four steps to where, obeying live-in-lover Nancy's instructions, he removes the ...

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, 8 April 1978

When SID VICIOUS was at the height of fame with the Sex Pistols, be was supporting an £80 a day heroin habit. His fix cost ...

Sid and Nancy: Life In The Vicious Circle

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 21 October 1978

SID VICIOUS (born John Simon Ritchie — though his mother's remarried name is Mrs. Ann Beverley) may hold the all-time record for building up an ...

Sid and Nancy

Comment by uncredited writer, New York Rocker, November 1978

WHAT MORE can we add to the pathetic, sordid tale of Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious? ...

Sid Vicious (1978) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages transcripts, Spring 1978

This is a transcription of John's audio interview with Sid. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Sid Vicious on Trial

Report by Larry Jaffee, Imagine, January 1979

SID VICIOUS, bass player for the now-defunct, notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols, pleaded not guilty on November 21; at his arraignment to the ...

Sid Vicious Dies of Overdose

Report by Wayne Robins, Newsday, 3 February 1979

NEW YORK — Sid Vicious joined his girlfriend Nancy in death yesterday. ...

Sid Vicious: A Rocky Lifestyle Played Out to Its Extreme End

Obituary by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 February 1979

EPITAPH FOR a punk: Even before his somehow not too surprising drug overdose death at age 21, Sid Vicious already scrawled his name indelibly in ...

Sid 1957-1979

Report by uncredited writer, Creem, May 1979

IT MIGHT seem that just about everything's been said about Sid's death on February 2, of a heroin overdose. The newspapers reported every detail with ...

The Rise And Fall Of Malcolm McLaren Part Three: Last Tango In Paris — 'Je Ne Regrette Rien...'

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 30 June 1979


Public Image Ltd.: Metal Box (Virgin import); Sid Vicious: Sid Sings! (Virgin import)

Review by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, March 1980


Sid And Nancy (Dir. Alex Cox; Palace Pictures, 18, 92 minutes)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Sylvia Patterson, Smash Hits, 30 July 1986

ALEX COX, film director: "In 1980 I tried to write a screenplay called 'Too Kool To Die'. It was about an English rock 'n' roll ...

Sid Vicious: Scum Also Rises

Retrospective by Nick Kent, The Face, August 1986


"Poor Sid — You were a good guy, but..."

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 7 November 1986

SID AND Nancy, Alex Cox's film about the life and death of the Sex Pistols' bassist, Sid Vicious, and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, is a ...

Sid And Nancy (Dir. Alex Cox; Samuel Goldwyn Co.)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Kris Needs, Creem, December 1986


Sid Vicious's mum

Obituary by Peter Silverton, The Observer, 1996

No one knows exactly when Ann Beverley died. Even the South Derbyshire coroner wasn’t detained by that particular detail. ...

Sid Vicious: Disgusting of Tunbridge Wells

Essay by Peter Silverton, The Observer, 23 June 1996

Pete Silverton was busy celebrating his 21st with aunties and uncles, and the promise of a pewter mug. Then who should turn up but Sid ...

Mummy's Little Rock'n'Roll Soldier

Report by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 16 December 1996

They're mad, bad and dangerous to know, and the apple of their mothers eyes. Caroline Sullivan examines the closest of all relationships... ...

Mum's the word

Overview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 15 June 1998

They maybe rock icons, mad, bad and dangerous to know. But somewhere, some long-suffering woman remembers them in nappies. Caroline Sullivan on that great institution, ...

John Mendelsohn catches up with the late Sid Vicious

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after the fact, it appears less and less likely that Elvis's death was a hoax. Not so that of punk rock icon Sid ...

Sid Vicious: Threw a Glass Darkly

Book Excerpt by Mark Paytress, 'Vicious: The Art of Dying Young', Sanctuary Books, 2004

SID did it. Didn’t he? ...

Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious: Death and Glory

Essay by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 1 February 2004

"Thank you all from the pit of my burning nauseous stomach." – Extract from Kurt Cobain's suicide note ...

Sid Vicious: "Nothing can hurt him anymore"

Retrospective by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 2005

Sid's mother Anne Beverley died of a heroin overdose in 1996, but not before sharing her side of Sid's story. As told to Jon Savage. ...

Sid Vicious: A Star Is Born!

Retrospective by David Dalton, MOJO, February 2005

When Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in 1977 it was the end of the band and the beginning of his metamorphosis into mythic rock ...

Inside the Chelsea Hotel, New York's infamous house of pleasure and pain

Retrospective by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2021

Bob Dylan has just been accused of a sexual assault there in 1965 - the latest in a long line of claims about the storied ...

see also Sex Pistols


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