Published November 3, 2016
The rock-n-roll icon presided over the opening of the Icelandic Punk Museum yesterday, and had a few choice words to share with the media.
RÚV reports that getting Lydon to Iceland was, in the words of museum curator Guðfinnur Sölvi Karlsson, “complete trouble”, naming amongst other challenges trying to find a luxury apartment in Reykjavík that allows smoking.
When asked if the opening of a museum for punk means that punk’s time has passed, Lydon disagreed. This was followed by Lydon being asked what the best thing punk ever produced was, to which his answer was “Me.” He added that he hopes to play in Iceland, possibly at some point next year.
The Icelandic Punk Museum is located on Bankarstræti, at the site of a former underground rest room. There, visitors can take in the rich, heady scent of patchouli, listen to records, handle instruments, and see numerous artefacts from Iceland’s punk heyday.