Incredible as it sounds, there was a time when rock and roll was not only exciting but downright dangerous. A time when a ratty band of working-class English yobs with little more than a bad reputation could get themselves banned across the country. When a few,
expletive-filled minutes on a television broadcast could outrage an entire nation, trigger a moral panic and get the band dropped from their label. When the English music press preferred to abolish the No. 1 slot rather then give the band's best-selling "God Save the Queen" its place at the top of
the charts. The band was the Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, bassist Glen Matlock (...