Saturday, August 08, 2009

Ronnie Biggs released

It all started this past spring, when I started refreshing my vinyl collection with digital copies. First it was Elvis Costello, the Clash, the Pistols ... About 2 months ago, I bought a fresh copy of The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle.

You see, in the late 70's, I was a punker. Naturally, I loved the Sex Pistols. One of the more outrageous stunts they pulled is on the Swindle album. It features Ronnie Biggs, as vocalist on two tracks.

Ronnie (for those that don't know) was a participant in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, escaped to Brazil, and evaded extradition back to Britain for 31 years. While I don't condone his actions which were clearly criminal, you had to laugh at this stunt.

Ronnie eventually returned to Britain voluntarily in 2001, for medical reasons and was promptly arrested, and incarcerated. What a surprise to see this headline today.

Can you guess what I'm about to go listen to?