The Wild Story of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen’s Tragic Romance

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“There were only, like, 200 people,” journalist and critic Legs McNeilSubmitted New York magazine in 2008. So you got to know everyone quickly. “It was not a scene anyone would want to be in.”

“Nancy had one those passions for Rock and Roll that very few people have,” said he. “She was an expert on every album. Gongies were still a part of the scene in those days. They were an important part of the community. Everybody was treated equally. The rock stars were the same for the roadies. The same was true for the groupies as it is for the rock stars. This was totally democratic.”

But after two years of hard living in New York, she took off for London, where she met Sid and was glued to his side by the time the Sex Pistols embarked on their first and only U.S. tour in January 1978. Which Nancy was banned from, the majority of the “God Save the Queen” rockers having taken an immediate disliking to her.

John Lydon described her in 1994 as “that beast” or “spoiled cow” in his book. He assured that he was not being vindictive. Rather, “She was a very self-destructive human being who was determined to take as many people down with her as possible. Nancy Spungen was the total. TitanicLooking for an iceberg? She wanted to carry a whole load.

Writer and artist Leee ChildersA tour manager for a New York-based punk group, The HeartbreakersLegs McNeill, he told him about his book Please Kill Me! The Uncensored oral History of Punk that Nancy “was a very, very, very, very, very, very bad influence on people who were already a mess. Nancy was troublemaker, and stirrer-upper.