John “Jah” Lydon in Jamaica, 1978.
"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 3)
Another punk musician that was really deep into reggae stuff was John Lydon, even since his "Johnny Rotten" early days with The Sex Pistols. Following their break-up, he took a three-week trip to Jamaica in 1978 with Don Letts, filmmaker/resident rastafarian DJ of The Roxy Club of Jamaican origin (in his first trip to his motherland), music journalist Vivien Goldman, photographer Dennis Morris and Virgin Records head Richard Branson, scouting for dub/reggae talents.
During his stay there and in order to avoid getting a suntan, Lydon reportedly wore a black woolen overcoat, motorbike boots and a black hat that made him look like "Lee Van Cleef", according to Don Letts, but most important, it was that trip, its vibes and the whole interaction that helped him conceive his next project, PIL…
Photographed with Don Letts in photos 1,2,10, Vivien Goldman in photos 1 & 2 and local musician Big Youth in photos 3, 6, 7 & 8.
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