Pistol is a miniseries created by Craig Pearce for the FX TV channel. The show is based on the novel “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” by Steve Jones. Danny Boyle is the director of the series; Decibel Films, Sir Weighty Tomes, and Crescent Moon Media are the production houses of the show.
The show runs in the genre of Biographical drama. The story tracks the ascent to fame and success of Sex Pistols and their guitarist Steve Jones. The announcement of the show was revealed in January 2021. Pistol provides us with six hours of in-depth analysis of a band that only released 38 minutes of music, and the time is fully justified by their ability to spread culture.
- Toby Wallace as Steve Jones
- Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten
- Jacob Slater as Paul Cook
- Christian Lees as Glen Matlock
- Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious
- Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde
- Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen
- Maisie Williams as Pamela “Jordan” Rooke
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Malcolm McLaren
- Talulah Riley as Vivienne Westwood
- Dylan Llewellyn as Wally Nightingale
- Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Nick Kent
- Francesca Mills as Helen of Troy
- Beth Dillon as Siouxsie Sioux
- Iris Law as Soo Catwoman
- Bianca Stephens as Pauline
- Alexander Arnold as Jamie Reid
- Matthew Cottle as Reginald Bosanquet
- Kai Alexander as Richard Brandson
- Ethan Steed as Supporting Artist
- Oil Vance as Punk Bystander
From beginning to end, Pistol narrates the Sex Pistols’ tale. Their guitarist Steve Jones is at the center of it; the adaptation included material from his biography Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. We observe a Steve Jones who is functionally illiterate, poorly raised by parents, and disenfranchised in the UK’s broken system.
He is greatly influenced by David Bowie, like many other young adults, and aspires to start a band. From there, we meet Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, and Sid Vicious, who will all eventually take part in what will become the Sex Pistols.
In the mid-1970s, homeless young man Steve Jones is about to start a rock band in economically depressed London. Vivienne Westwood allows him to borrow fancy clothes from her boutique Her Sex. Their romantic and business partner Malcolm McLaren decides to manage the band. Steve pursues Chrissie Hynde despite dating music critic Nick Kent. Chrissy has ambitions to start a band. When Steve breaks into the Hammersmith Odeon, he is caught and pleads guilty. However, Malcolm testifies that Steve is a promising employee and will save him time in prison.
SEX boutique employee Jordan commutes in radical punk style, unnerving the conservatives around her. But Steve appreciates her confidence. Malcolm hires Steve as the band’s new guitarist and the eccentric John Lydon as the new vocalist. John suggests renaming the band to the Sex Pistols. Chrissy meets with Mick Jones, but their musical collaboration goes awry. Malcolm rents a warehouse on Denmark Street as his rehearsal space. Steve begins living there and he soon learns to play the guitar. During the band’s reunion, Steve nicknamed John “Johnny Rotten” because of his bad teeth.
The Sex Pistols insist on using their own amps at gigs, angering the headliner band and leading to a brawl. This episode is dedicated to Jordan, who passed away a month before airing. The band struggles to find new material and is on the verge of breaking up. Newscaster Reginald Bosanquet buys racy lingerie from SEX. Both Steve and John encounter a psychotic fan named Pauline who is raped by a male nurse and keeps an aborted fetus in her purse. John urges her to give her baby a proper burial and she urges him to write the lyrics for her song “Bodies”.
The band are touring the north of England and are meeting on the beach at a luxury hotel. Glenn says he admires Steve for starting the band. Vivienne renames the shop to her Seditionaries. The band visits the new offices of Glittervest, where Malcolm is producing for his record label EMI deal. The band and some of their supporters swear during an interview on air on Thames Television after being provoked by Bill Grundy, igniting a national frenzy. The Sex Pistols dealt with physical attacks from angry citizens, and John was cut open with a broken bottle at the club.
Britain prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Sid meets Nancy Spungen and falls into a codependent relationship and heroin addiction. Released the band’s first single “God Save the Queen”. Johnny is angry because Malcolm called him that. He insisted on “no future”. The band was dropped from A&M after Syd attacked Old Gray Whistle Test’s, Bob Harris. Richard Branson signed the band to Virgin Records and recorded Nevermind the Vorox and Here are the Sex Pistols.
The band toured the American South with tumultuous results. Sid quits heroin and tries to harm himself. While in San Francisco, John becomes impatient with Malcolm’s antics. If Steve doesn’t fire Malcolm, John will leave the band. Malcolm promotes Sid to lead singer. A flashback sees the band playing for striking firefighters and their families at a Christmas Day benefit concert in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, showing awareness.
Pistol Release Date And Trailer
The six-part series premiered on the 31st of July, 2022. The trailer of Pistol was released in May 2022 on the official YouTube channel of FX Networks.
Where To Watch Pistol?
Pistol consists of six episodes and is available on Hulu to stream.
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