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Old 08-14-2019, 01:39 AM
Junior Spaceman is offline
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Originally Posted by Little Nemo View Post
Not necessarily. I think Young was saying the story of Johnny Rotten was a demonstration of how fading away was a worse fate than burning out. Elvis Presley and Sid Vicious died in the seventies but they're still famous. John Lydon's alive but nobody cares.
Except that Elvis faded out over the last decade of his life, before dying, Sid Vicious hadn't died yet by the time the song was recorded, and Johnny Rotten had only just stopped being the 'flavour of the week', so would have been considered to have burned out rather than faded away.