On 2 February 1979 in New York, John Simon Ritchie, better known as Sid Vicious, was found dead from a heroin overdose (it seems to be provided to his mother). The first punk era ends here.
Born May 10, 1957 in England and spent his childhood in London. Leave the school and was recruited by Malcolm McLaren in the Sex Pistols. The band reaches its maximum “splendor” artistic “Anarchy in the UK” and reaches the heights of the charts in 1977 with the song “God Save the Queen”. The latter in particular will get the first record of the song ‘number one’ in the standings to be censored: “God save the queen, the fascist regime that made dumb “, Reads the text.
The Sex Pistols also cite the early Who, the Stooges, Iggy Pop, The New York Dolls, but only with irony.
Way down in line with their philosophies of anarchist and anti-ideological, the group broke up when he realizes he is only a business tool.
After the hit single “My Way”, a cover of the famous song Frank SinatraSid Vicious moved to New York with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, American ex-prostitute. On October 12, 1978 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Nancy is found dead. Sid, blamed the assassination, will be released on bail: he died while awaiting trial.
Although Vicious is said to have stated “I killed her because I’m a mongrel dog“, Confessing to be the murderess of his girlfriend, 25 years after his death, the book suggests that Sid Vicious was innocent. Alan Parker, author of punk London expert, has carefully reconstructed the events of that October night where Nancy was stabbed and it was collected in the book “Vicious: Too Fast to Live.” According to Parker – who in recent years has interviewed the police in New York who led the investigation, the mother of Vicious and many other characters – the true murderess Sid’s girlfriend would be a drug dealer and aspiring actor in New York, Rockets Redglare, who has played small parts in “Big” with Tom Hanks and “Desperately Seeking Susan” with Madonna.
Moreover, according to Vicious’s mother, Beverley Ann, Redglare was also responsible for the overdose that killed her son. The singer had been detoxified for a few months, but the February 1, 1979 had sent some friends to buy heroin, according to his mother, just by Redglare.
Perhaps the truth will never come to light: Rockets Redglare died in May 2001, at age 52, killed by a life of debauchery.
Drug addict, abusive, aggressive, negative, self-destructive, has embodied Viciuos Sid to life what songs they wanted to be the Sex Pistols. First martyr of punk, who sacrificed himself at the age of 21, Sid Vicious now represents the stereotype of “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” lifestyle that leads to the premature death of young talents, who have to feed their talents needed large excesses.