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Encyclopedia > Nancy Spungen
Nancy Spungen, right, with boyfriend Sid Vicious
Nancy Spungen
Born February 27, 1958(1958-02-27)
Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died October 12, 1978 (aged 20)
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Nancy Laura Spungen (February 27, 1958October 12, 1978) was the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. Spungen has been the subject of controversy among music historians and fans of the Sex Pistols. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Nancy_Spungen. ... Image File history File links Nancy_Spungen. ... For the professional wrestler, see Sid Eudy. ... is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Lower Moreland Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Largest metro area Delaware Valley Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... For the professional wrestler, see Sid Eudy. ...

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Early life

Nancy Spungen was born February 27, 1958 to Frank and Deborah Spungen. The Spungens were a middle class Jewish family in the Huntingdon Valley area of Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Her father was a businessman and her mother owned a local health food store. She was born a month premature, and suffered from severe cyanosis. As a child she was hyperactive and reportedly exhibited violent behaviour towards her younger sister Susan and her brother David. She is also alleged to have threatened to kill a babysitter and to have attacked her mother with a hammer during an argument. By age 11 she had been expelled from the public school system and was receiving psychotherapy. She reportedly attempted suicide several times and suffered from depression. Her family sent her to various residential facilities for disturbed children. She briefly attended the University of Colorado. is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deborah Spungens book about her daughter, Nancy Spungen Deborah Spungen is the mother of Nancy Spungen,the girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious who was reputedly murdered by him. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... , Lower Moreland Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Healthful eating is the act of following a balanced nutritional diet. ... Cyanosis refers to the bluish coloration of the skin due to the presence of deoxygenated hemoglobin in blood vessels near the skin surface. ... Hyperactivity can be described as a state in which a person is abnormally easily excitable and exuberant. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Psychotherapy is an interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to aid clients in problems of living. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... On the Threshold of Eternity. ... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[3]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ...


Relationship with Sid Vicious

Spungen left home at age 17 and moved to New York City. She followed bands such as Aerosmith, The New York Dolls and The Ramones. She later worked as a stripper in New York City, which sometimes involved prostitution. She reportedly moved to London with the express purpose of winning over Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers but met The Sex Pistols instead. Lead singer Johnny Rotten introduced her to bassist Sid Vicious and they promptly moved in together. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... The New York Dolls were a glam rock band in the 1970s that prefigured much of what was to come in the punk rock era. ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ... A striptease dancer performing. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Whore redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Jerry Nolan (May 7, 1946 – January 14, 1992) was a U.S. rock and roll drummer, who played with The New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers. ... For the self-titled debut album, visit New York Dolls (album) The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... The Heartbreakers was a punk rock group formed in New York in May 1975 by Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar) and Jerry Nolan (drums) who had just quit the New York Dolls and Richard Hell (vocals/bass) who was forced out of Television, the band he had founded with Tom Verlaine... The Sex Pistols in 1977. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... John Lydon John Joseph Lydon (born January 31, 1956), also known as Johnny Rotten (a nickname derived from the state of his teeth) was the iconoclastic lead singer of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) and an Irish individualist anarchist. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... For the professional wrestler, see Sid Eudy. ...


During a rocky 21-month relationship, Spungen and Vicious were addicted to heroin and other drugs. Vicious was already an abuser of multiple drugs before he met Spungen, but many sources claim she introduced him to heroin; other sources claim that he had begun to use heroin with his mother at an early age. For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ...


The tabloids dubbed Spungen "Nauseating Nancy" for reportedly frequent and public displays of drug-fueled verbal abuse and violence. After the Sex Pistols broke up in 1978, Spungen and Vicious moved to the famous Hotel Chelsea in New York City. There, Vicious tried, with limited success, to continue his musical career. A tabloid is a newspaper — especially in the United Kingdom — that uses the tabloid format, which is roughly 23½ by 14¾ inches per spread. ... The Hotel Chelsea is a well-known residence for artists, musicians, and writers in the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan, New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Death

Over the next few months, Vicious and Spungen spiraled into serious drug abuse, punctuated by reports of domestic violence. The end came on October 12, 1978, when Spungen was found sprawled on the bathroom floor of their hotel room clad in a black bra and panties. It is likely the details of Spungen's death will never be known, although in his book Pretty Vacant: A History Of Punk, Phil Strongman names her killer as Rockets Redglare. She had bled to death from a single stab wound to the abdomen, later traced to a knife owned by Vicious. This was reportedly a "007" hunting knife he had obtained after seeing Dee Dee Ramone give one to The Dead Boys' Stiv Bators. Vicious was immediately arrested for murder. While free on bail he made several remarks which were interpreted by some to be a confession. However, there was also an issue of a stolen bank roll and possible involvement of drug dealers. On February 2, 1979 Vicious died of a heroin overdose which has sometimes been described as suicide. Comparison of the perceived harm for various psychoactive drugs from a poll among medical psychiatrists specialized in addiction treatment[1] This article is an overview of the nontherapeutic use of alcohol and drugs of abuse. ... “Domestic disturbance” redirects here. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Rockets Redglare (8 May 1949 - 28 May 2001) was an American actor who appeared in over 30 films during his lifetime. ... Dee Dee Ramone, 1979 Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) (September 18, 1951 - June 5, 2002) was a German American songwriter and bassist, best remembered as a founding member of punk rock band The Ramones. ... The Dead Boys were a punk band that formed in Cleveland, Ohio about 1975, evolving out of the band Rocket From The Tombs. ... Steven John Bator, known as Stiv Bators (October 22, 1949 - June 2, 1990), was an American rock and roll and punk rock vocalist and guitarist from Youngstown, Ohio. ... The word bail as a legal term means: Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that persons appearance for trial. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... A drug overdose occurs when a chemical substance (i. ...


Spungen's and Vicious' romance was the subject of an off-Broadway play and the 1986 Alex Cox film Sid and Nancy, in which Chloe Webb portrayed Spungen, opposite Gary Oldman as Vicious. Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Alexander Morton Cox (b. ... Sid and Nancy, originally titled Love Kills, is a 1986 film directed by Alex Cox. ... Chloe Webb (born ca 1960 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York) is an American actress. ... Leonard Gary Oldman (born March 21, 1958) is an English actor, writer and director who initially came to prominence for his portrayal of Sid Vicious in the 1986 film Sid & Nancy. ...


Literary work about Nancy Spungen

In this book, the title of which is taken from a poem written by Vicious after he allegedly murdered Spungen, Spungen's mother Deborah cited her daughter's medical records and revealed her daughter suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. This has been cited as a possible reason for her reported difficulties with relating socially to others. Nagshdlwhr f ehfdkaueyfduy fyieugfite ifuysefgefkgdsift efgeygfaggfkagsfduiatefdiatef aetfiaegfjgadjfta ... Deborah Spungens book about her daughter, Nancy Spungen Deborah Spungen is the mother of Nancy Spungen,the girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious who was reputedly murdered by him. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis denoting a persistent, often chronic, mental illness variously affecting behavior, thinking, and emotion. ...

This story is a punk rock fairy tale inspired by Spungen's life. The author says: Interstitial art is a term first coined in the 1990s, and increasingly popularized in the early 2000s, that refers to any work of art whose basic nature falls between, rather than within, the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media, thus making the work difficult to easily categorize or describe... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

I wrote "Rats" because I was angry with the way the recent coffee-table histories of punk seem to have no problem demonizing a dead, mentally ill, teenage girl.

Nancy Spungen in pop culture

  • The hit song "Butterfly" by Crazy Town references Vicious and Spungen's relationship.
  • The song "Jessica" by Dir en grey also mentions Vicious and Spungen.
  • The song "Back Drop Nancy" by The Gazette features lyrics themed around Spungen.
  • The song "New College" by The Dollyrots mentions Vicious and Spungen's relationship.
  • The Ramones songs "I Don't Want to Live This Life (Anymore)" and "Love Kills".
  • The Joe Strummer song also titled "Love Kills", featured on the Sid & Nancy soundtrack, is about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
  • The song "Love Kills" by Kasey Katz is a tribute to Nancy Spungen.
  • The Dar Williams song "Alleluia" refers to the film Sid and Nancy.
  • The song "Sid Vicious was innocent" by The Exploited.
  • The Ministry song "Just One Fix" features a sound clip of Chloe Webb from the film Sid and Nancy. ("Never trust a junkie.")
  • The song "Sid & Nancy" by the Russian rock band Lumen also refers to their story.
  • VH1 declared the incident one of the most shocking in rock and roll history.
  • The song "Sid & Nancy" by the Polish singer Robert Gawlinski
  • References to Sid and Nancy appear quite frequently in the anime and manga NANA by Ai Yazawa.
  • There are several references to Sid and Nancy in the TV show Gilmore Girls, including the suggestion that Lorelai Gilmore was going to name her (fictional) twin babies Sid and Nancy in the episode Crazy Lazy Hazy Days, the quote "Like I was holed up in the Chelsea with a needle sticking out of my arm screaming 'Sid!' at the top of my lungs" from the episode "Application Anxiety" (both in Season 3), and Paris Gheller explaining to her boyfriend Lane Kim was "Nancy Spurgen-ing it" from A Family Matter
  • The song "Godspeed" by Anberlin on their album Cities contains references to Spungen's death.

Butterfly is a pop song by Crazy Town from their album The Gift of Game. ... Crazy Town was a rapcore band formed in Los Angeles in 1995 by Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer. ... Jessica is the 13th single released by the Japanese rock group Dir en grey and the second single of the Kisou era. ... Dir en grey is a Japanese band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firwall Div. ... The Gazette (ガゼット, the GazettE) is a Japanese visual kei rock band. ... The Dollyrots are a punk rock band made up of two guys (Chris Black and Luis Cabezas) and one girl (Kelly Ogden). ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ... For other persons named John Mellor, see John Mellor (disambiguation). ... Dar Williams (full name Dorothy Snowden Williams, born 1967) is an American singer-songwriter specializing in what can be described as folk-pop. She frequents folk festivals across the nation, such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, New York. ... The Exploited is a punk rock band from the second wave of UK punk, formed in late 1979 or early 1980. ... Ministry is an influential, Grammy-nominated American industrial metal band founded by frontman Al Jourgensen in 1981. ... Lumen can mean: Lumen (unit), the SI unit of luminous flux Lumen (anatomy), the cavity or channel within a tubular structure Thylakoid lumen, the inner membrane space of the chloroplast 141 Lumen, an asteroid discovered by the French astronomer Paul Henry in 1875 Lumen (band), an American post-rock band... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... “Animé” redirects here. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Cover to the first tankoubon of Nana (2000). ... Gilmore Girls is an American television drama/comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. ... For Lorelai Trix Gilmore, see Trix Gilmore. ... A Family Matter is the twelfth episode of the Gilmore Girls fourth season. ... Anberlin is an alternative rock band hailing from central Florida that was formed in 2002. ...

External links

  • Nancy Spungen website, with pictures and biography
  • Photos of Nancy's gravestone in King David Cemetery, Bensalem, Pennsylvania

 
 

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