Nancy Spungen
American girlfriend of Sid Vicious
Nancy Spungen
Nancy Laura Spungen was the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and a figure of the 1970s punk rock scene. Spungen's life, and her death, has been the subject of controversy among music historians and fans of the Sex Pistols. Raised in Philadelphia, Spungen was an emotionally disturbed child who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 15.
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Spirit of the Sex Pistols lives on - Islington Tribune newspaper website
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The documentary seeks to cast doubt on the widely believed theory that Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious murdered his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in New York in 1978. Vicious died the following year. The film was being shown to commemorate the 35th
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New York's 'rock 'n' roll' hotel closed - Bangalore Mirror
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Known as the Chelsea Hotel or the Chelsea, it has been home to Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, amongst others, and rose to noteriety after Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols,
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This day in music... 22 August - Times LIVE
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1978: Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies from The Damned, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London's Electric Ballroom. 1979: Led Zeppelin released In Through the Out Door,
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Last updated at 7:00 PM on 20th August 2011 - Daily Mail
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Sid Vicious claimed he couldn't remember stabbing his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death in 100. But singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen never forgot what he got up to with Janis Joplin in 415. In fact, none of us will, because he wrote a song about it
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Don't escape - innovate - Boulder Weekly
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21), which is about the life and times of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. “We are now bombarded with more visual information than any other culture before ours,” Kjolseth says. “Film helps us become visually literate
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Farewell, bohemian Manhattan: you were marvellous, but you were terrifyingly ... - Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
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When I lived in the city a few years ago, it was a marvellous place to take people for a drink – to show them the place where Dylan Thomas spent his last night, where Nancy Spungen was murdered by Sid Vicious, where you could get a cheapish,
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Architect defends changes to New York's Chelsea Hotel - Building Design
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Gene Kaufman's comments came as the city was plunged into uproar over the controversial changes to the cultural landmark where Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller honeymooned and Sid Vicious allegedly murdered Nancy Spungen. Concern centres around the
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Chelsea Hotel Braces for New Owners - Forward
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2,” and of the murder of Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious. William Burroughs wrote “Naked Lunch” at the Chelsea, and everyone from Dee Dee Ramone to Bob Dylan spent long hours in one or another of its rooms
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A Last Night Among the Spirits
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Her head was shaved on both sides, her Mohawk bleached and dyed blond and blue. As she leaned over the front desk of the Chelsea Hotel on Saturday night, her lower lip pierced with a ring and her Doc Martens tapping the floor, Kitty Ramona, a bass player from Baltimore, was every bit the nostalgic punk girl seeking refuge in a place dripping with
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Gone Too Soon - Patch.com
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The struggles of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen were well known. In 1978, Vicious woke to find Spungen dead from a knife wound to the stomach. He was charged with the crime, but died of a heroin overdose while on bail
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Amy Winehouse spent £130k sending friend Alex Foden to rehab - Daily Mail
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Although their arguments were wild, often with Amy smashing up furniture around the house, Alex believes they were desperately in love. He added: 'Blake always said they were like Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen - when one went, the other would go too
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Profile: Amy Winehouse's meteoric rise to fame - and very public decline - Scotsman
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They were compared to Sid Vicious - the Sex Pistols bassist who died from an overdose - and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen on numerous occasions. There had been hope that Winehouse had turned things around. She divorced Fielder-Civil in 2009 and friends
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Amy Winehouse, dies at 27 – Purple Revolver's Top 5 Should Have Gone To Rehab ... - Purple Revolver
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Vicious spent 55 days as a guest at Rykers Island for assault, two months after his girlfriend Nancy Spungen's death from a stab wound. We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket,
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Art at the exact right time - A.V. Club Chicago
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Yes, in retrospect, I know it's a terribly cartoonish and not entirely historically accurate look at the history of the “love story” of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Yes, I know it supposedly glorifies the use of heroin. But I entered into the film
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Guns 'N' (Over) Doses: The 11 Most Notorious Rock & Roll Crimes - Seattle Weekly (blog)
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We'll never know exactly what transpired on that October night in 1978 when Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious woke up in the Chelsea Hotel to find his girlfriend Nancy Spungen dead from a single stab wound to the abdomen. Police eventually traced the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy Spungen
    TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 20
    Died on October 12, 1978.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 20
    Over the next few months, Vicious and Spungen spiraled into deeper drug abuse punctuated by domestic violence, with Vicious allegedly attacking Spungen. Their relationship ended violently on October 12, 1978 when Spungen's body was found under the sink in the bathroom of their room at Hotel Chelsea.
    More Details Hide Details Spungen had suffered a single fatal stab wound to the abdomen. Vicious reportedly owned the knife that made the wound. This was reportedly a "007" hunting knife he had obtained after seeing Dee Dee Ramone give one to The Dead Boys' Stiv Bators, although conflicting reports claim the knife was a Jaguar K-11 with a five-inch blade. Vicious was immediately arrested and charged with second degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. Four months after Nancy's death he died of a heroin overdose, before the trial could take place and consequently, the NYPD closed the case. Spungen was buried in her hometown, Philadelphia. Her Hebrew name is inscribed on her gravestone: חיה לאה בת אפרים אהרן ("Haya-Leah, daughter of Ephrayim-Aharon"). There are several theories that Spungen was murdered by someone other than Vicious, such as one of the two drug dealers who visited the apartment that night, and that a possible robbery was involved, as certain items (including a substantial bankroll) were claimed to be missing from the room. In his book Pretty Vacant: A History of Punk, Phil Strongman accuses actor and stand-up comic Rockets Redglare of killing Spungen; Redglare had delivered 40 capsules of hydromorphone to the couple's room at the Chelsea Hotel the night of Spungen's death.
    In October 1978, Spungen was found dead in the bathroom of the couple's room, of a single stab wound to the abdomen.
    More Details Hide Details Sid Vicious was charged with her murder but died of a heroin overdose while on bail in February 1979, before the case went to trial. Various authors and filmmakers have speculated about Vicious's role in Spungen's death and the possibility that Spungen was killed by a drug dealer who frequently visited their room.
    After the Sex Pistols broke up in January 1978, Spungen and Vicious moved to the Hotel Chelsea in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details They stayed in room 100, registered as "Mr. and Mrs. John Simon Ritchie", Vicious's real name.
  • 1976
    Age 18
    In 1976, she moved to London, possibly to win over Jerry Nolan of the Dolls and The Heartbreakers, but met the Sex Pistols instead.
    More Details Hide Details When lead singer Johnny Rotten showed no interest in her, she pursued bassist Sid Vicious, and they soon moved in together. During a tumultuous 19-month relationship, Spungen and Vicious (who was already abusing multiple drugs) became addicted to heroin and other drugs. The tabloids dubbed Spungen "Nauseating Nancy" for her frequent public displays of verbal abuse and violence.
  • 1974
    Age 16
    Spungen graduated from Lakeside High School in April 1974, two weeks after her application to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder was accepted.
    More Details Hide Details She began attending the university at 16, but five months into her freshman year she was arrested for purchasing marijuana from an undercover police officer; when she was later arrested for storing stolen property in her dorm room, the University of Colorado decided to expel her. Her father traveled to Boulder and accepted a plea bargain for her, which resulted in her being banished from the state of Colorado. After being fired from her first job on the first day, she began financing herself by stealing from her family and dealing drugs. Spungen left home at 17 and moved to New York City, where she worked as a stripper and prostitute. She followed bands such as Aerosmith, Bad Company, The New York Dolls, and Ramones.
  • 1972
    Age 14
    In January 1972 she ran away from Devereux Manor and attempted suicide by slitting her wrists with scissors.
    More Details Hide Details When she was 15 her psychiatrist diagnosed her with schizophrenia.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Nancy Laura Spungen was born on Thursday, February 27, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to Franklin "Frank" and Deborah Spungen.
    More Details Hide Details She was born with severe cyanosis and nearly died of oxygen deprivation after being choked by her umbilical cord during delivery. She appeared to have suffered no brain damage and was released from the hospital eight days after birth. The Spungens were a middle-class Jewish family that resided in Lower Moreland Township, a suburb of Philadelphia. Her father was a traveling salesman and her mother later owned an organic food store called The Earth Shop in nearby Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Young Nancy was a difficult baby, throwing crying fits and temper tantrums late into childhood. At three months old, she was prescribed a liquid barbiturate by a pediatrician, but her violent behavior persisted. In an interview, Deborah Spungen stated, "I know it's normal for babies to scream, but Nancy did nothing but scream." She scored "superior" on an intelligence quotient test at age five, and was allowed to skip the third grade. Though she excelled academically, she had few friends during her elementary-school years.
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