John Lydon says he wanted to be a painter


John Lydon, the former Sex Pistol, would have "loved to be a painter", he says in one of a series of interviews with leading punk rockers to be aired in a BBC season entitled "Punk Britannia" next month.

The interview with the man once known as Johnny Rotten will go out on 5 June, the day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, echoing the Sex Pistols' release of the anarchic "God Save the Queen" during the Silver Jubilee 35 years ago.

The month-long season on TV and radio, will also feature Mick Jones, Paul Weller, Pete Shelley, Adam Ant, Billy Idol and Siouxsie Sioux.