Memories: Martin Atkins reflects on his five years with Public Image Ltd., and the true genius of Jo

From 1979 through 1985, Martin Atkins was on the road playing drums with Public Image Ltd., John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols, post-punk agent provocateur that emerged intent on smashing the tropes of popular music. In a 1980 interview with Tom Snyder for The “Tom Snyder Show,” Lydon explained: “We ain’t no band. We’re a company. Simple. Nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll doo-dah.” … For Lydon, that vision evolved over the years. For Atkins, the time spent touring with PiL and co-writing songs that appear on albums such as 1979’s Metal Box, 1981’s Flowers Of Romance, and 1984’s This Is What You Want...This Is What You Get inspired a 40-year DIY legacy. The spirit of listening, collaborating, and a

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