Sid Vicious

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Sid Vicious
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Sid Vicious
Background information
Birth nameJohn Simon Ritchie
Born(1957-05-10)10 May 1957
London, England, United Kingdom
Died2 February 1979(1979-02-02) (aged 21)
GenresPunk rock
OccupationsBassist, songwriter, composer
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals, drums, tambourine, sax
Years active1976 – 1979
LabelsVirgin
Associated actsSex Pistols
Siouxsie & the Banshees
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass (American Classic)

Sid Vicious (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979) was an English punk musician. His real name was John Simon Ritchie and he was born in Lewisham, London. He was a member of the band The Sex Pistols from February 1977 to January 1978, but played his instrument (the bass guitar) very badly. His bad behaviour was more important to the band than playing his instrument well.

On 22 October 1978, his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen (1958–1978) was stabbed to death with a knife in New York City. It is not clear if Vicious killed her. He was charged with murder, and released on bail. Before he was due to go to court, he died of an accidental overdose of heroin in New York City.

A movie was made about the lives of Vicious and Spungen. The name of this movie is "Sid and Nancy." Gary Oldman plays Vicious.