On This Day, Feb 2,1979 – Sid Vicious Dies of a Drug Overdose in New York City

To the New York City Police Department and Medical Examiner’s Office, he was John Simon Ritchie, a 22-year-old Englishman under indictment for murder but now dead of a heroin overdose in a Greenwich Village apartment. To the rest of the world, he was Sid Vicious, former bassist for the notorious Sex Pistols and the living embodiment of everything punk rock stood for and against. His death, which likely came as a surprise to very few, came on this day in 1979. Sid Vicious was the last member to join the Sex Pistols, taking over for fired bassist Glen Matlock in early 1977. What he famously did not bring to the table was musical ability. Vicious faked his way through early gigs with the band, reportedly with his amplifier occasionally unplugged on stage by his own band mates. What he didn’t have to fake was the attitude. Sid Vicious was...

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The Anniversary of the Day Sid Vicious Almost Died

While perusing rock and roll history sites to find something to pique my interest I discovered that it was on this day 35 years ago that Sid Vicious attempted suicide after being released from police custody. He had been charged with the second degree murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. I know that this doesn’t sound like a very fascinating fact or much of an anniversary to celebrate, let alone write about, but The Sex Pistols have always been a guilty pleasure of mine ever since I heard the album Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols back in 1978 and I have always had a bit of a morbid obsession with Sid and Nancy. They were a mere curiosity for me until I saw the critically acclaimed film Sid and Nancy, directed by Alex Cox and starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb in what can only be...

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