(born Julian Keith Levene
, July 18, 1957, London
) is an English guitarist
, best known as a member of Public Image Limited
Keith Levene was an early member of The Clash
and The Flowers of Romance
(most notable for also featuring a pre-Sex Pistols Sid Vicious
). Although he never recorded with the Clash, he co-wrote "What's My Name", featured on their first album. Levene would later claim he had written or co-written several other songs on the same record, but occasionally he relinquishes this claim.
After the Sex Pistols disintegrated, Levene co-founded Public Image Ltd (PiL) with John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten). His guitar work was much imitated by several punk rockers and others, including The Edge of U2. On later PiL recordings, Levene would often forgo his guitar for synthesizer. He left PiL acrimoniously in 1983 around the time the band released This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get. He released the original versions of the songs on his own label under the title Commercial Zone.
He has released several solo records, most recently the Killer in the Crowd EP in 2004. He is finishing a new album, which is scheduled to be released in 2008. More new material is expected to follow shortly afterwards. He is presently collaborating with experimental musician, Barry Lamb
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