Last updated: 16 december, 2010 - 14:05 GMT

John Lydon of the Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were the leading lights of punk rock - the anti-establishment youth culture which sprang up in Britain in the mid 1970s.

It was characterised by its rebellious attitude, bondage clothes held together with safety pins, and spiky, brightly coloured hairstyles.

Sex Pistols gigs were riotous affairs in which bottles were often thrown, fighting sometimes broke out, and band and audience delighted in spitting at each other.

The band famously challenged the establishment by releasing a ferociously anti-monarchist song, God Save the Queen, in 1977 - the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.

To the mainstream press they became public enemy number one, and endless column inches condemned their behaviour.

But the more they were criticised, the more records they sold.

John Lydon

But despite their impact, their time in the spotlight was brief.

Within just two years they had split up, and their bass player Sid Vicious had died from taking a heroin overdose while he was awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend.

Earlier this year, Malcolm Maclaren, the Pistols' svengali-like manager, died of cancer.

But their lead singer Johnny Rotten, as John Lydon was called in the band, is still going strong.

The band he founded after the Sex Pistols - Public Image Limited - continues to play their eclectic music to live audiences.

And perhaps most surprisingly to some, the former angry young man of punk is now most often to be seen striding round the English countryside in a tweed suit advertising butter on British TV.

Now 54 years old and living with his his wife of 30 years in Los Angeles, John has been looking back over his eventful life for a newly-published limited edition scrapbook.

The book contains previously unseen photos of his life: from a sickly young child growing up in a North London slum, to his new life in California.

John Lydon joined Outlook's Matthew Bannister from a studio in Los Angeles, and in his usual provocative style, described his memories of his eventful life, from his early childhood to the present day.

click Mr Rotten's Scrapbook

John Lydon

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