Sid Vicious

Bassist + Songwriter + Composer
Hometown Lewisham
Died Feb 2, 1979
Death Place State of New York
Other Names Ritchie, John Simon

Sid Vicious born John Simon Ritchie; was an English musician, bassist of the punk group Sex Pistols. Ritchie attended Hackney Technical College, where he met John Lydon and the two of them would spend time in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's obscure clothing store, SEX. When McLaren launched the Sex Pistols, he hired the re-named Vicious because of his charisma, attitude and iconic punk look.… Read More

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1957 Birth Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie on 10 May 1957 in Lewisham, South East London, to John and Anne Ritchie (née McDonald). … Read More
1965 8 Years Old Anne later married Christopher Beverley in 1965, before setting up a family home back in Kent. … Read More


1976 19 Years Old Vicious began his musical career in 1976 as a member of The Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member of The Clash, Keith Levene (who later co-founded John Lydon's post-Pistols project Public Image Limited) and Palmolive and Viv Albertine, who would later form The Slits. … Read More


According to various publications (such as the biography England's Dreaming by Jon Savage) and films (namely The Filth and the Fury), Vicious was asked to join the group after Glen Matlock's departure in February 1977, due to Vicious being present at every gig. … Read More
In doing so, he embarked on a path to destruction, while recording lead vocals on three cover songs at the same time for the soundtrack album for the film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. "My Way" was released in 1978, "C'mon Everybody" was released in 1979, and "Something Else" was released in 1979 after his death. … Read More
He was released on bail on February 1, 1979. … Read More
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