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Photos Of The Pistol Cast vs. Their Real-Life Counterparts

How well does Pistol recreate one of culture’s most relentless punk bands?

by Kadin Burnett
Anson Boon as John Lyndon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, Jacob Slater...
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Premiering May 31, FX’s new miniseries Pistol attempts to tell the story of the Sex Pistols, one of England’s most notorious and anti-establishment bands of all time. Across six episodes, the series captures the band’s ascent and chaotic demise against the backdrop of a punk revolution.

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Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), the series is based on Sex Pistols member Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, which chronicles how the band stamped their name on the course of counterculture artistry. The miniseries also touches on the band’s relationship with iconic ’70s artists and designers coming up in the punk scene.