Glen Matlock Reacts To Keith Richards Not Knowing The Milk Prices

In a recent discussion with Ultimate Classic Rock, Glen Matlock expressed his understanding of Keith Richards’ detachment from everyday concerns, such as not knowing the price of milk.

The bass guitarist’s latest memoir, ‘Triggers: A Life in Music,’ launched on February 20, offers an intimate look into his journey from the early days with the Sex Pistols to his varied career post their breakup. The book not only aims to set the record straight on his version of the Sex Pistols story but also explores the adventures and misadventures that shaped his post-Pistols career.

The Rock Star Reality

One of the standout anecdotes Matlock shares comes from a question posed to Richards about the price of a pint of milk, to which Richards humorously admitted ignorance due to his lifelong rock star status. Matlock resonates with this, as he explained when asked how he thinks his life would have changed if he hadn’t been raised in a working-class area in Britain:

“I don’t know; it’s so kind of deeply ingrained within my psyche. I don’t really know any different. I think one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard – it was actually Keith Richards, you know, more of a later article. … They asked him, you know, ‘Alright, we’ve asked you these questions, I just want to ask you a daft question now, Keith. How much is a pint of milk?’ And Keith Richards said, ‘Well, hell, I don’t know, man, I’ve been a rockstar all my life.’ Well, I don’t know. I’ve been an ex-Sex Pistol all my life, and it’s just kind of revolved around me.”

Serendipity And Strategy

In the same chat, Glen also reflected on the role of chance in his career trajectory, recalling how a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Malcolm McLaren’s boutique on King’s Road led to his involvement with the Sex Pistols, saying:

“I certainly been in the right place at the right time. Sometimes you put yourself in the right place at the right time by taking a tiny little gamble. … Somebody else had mentioned this shop down on King’s Road [Sex boutique, operated by McLaren], and I’d never been to Kings Road. And I got on a bus, and I found this place, and there was something about it that, you know, just by some kind of gut reaction, and yes, there was a sliding doors kind of moment.”

Discussing the beginnings of the Sex Pistols with BBC last year, Matlock described the initial struggle and the chaotic yet thrilling process of forming the band, securing rehearsal space, and the sense of community that came from being part of London’s vibrant punk scene. He acknowledged the band’s awareness of their groundbreaking impact on music, driven by the encouragement of figures like McLaren.