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The Fugitive: John Lydon at Large

Chris Salewicz, Face, The, December 1980

IT SEEMS POETICALLY APPROPRIATE that John Lydon has chosen Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange as the film to insert into the video-cassette deck at Virgin's Townhouse Studios in Shepherds Bush. John is hunched over a 32-track mixing desk that dwarfs his slight, unexpectedly studious figure. He is mixing new PIL tracks recorded the previous day for a new studio album. Between takes, from time to time, he peers up at the television that is set in the wall above his head.

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