According to this story, Gary Glitter made $450,000 in 2012 from royalties for his songs, the most famous of which is Rock and Roll Part 2.
The problem is that Glitter was convicted for his massive child-porn collection in the 90s, did his time and then spent a number of years dodging the police in Southeast Asia, while apparently living the life of a sex tourist. All the while funded by the licensing fees paid by sports arenas and television and movies and commercial for the use of his songs.
He was arrested again in 2006 in Vietnam for molesting pre-teen girls, and after conviction and sentencing to three years in prison the NFL banned the playing of his songs at their stadiums. Some other teams did, too, but enough were still playing the tunes in 2012 to pay him that big score.
Glitter was recently convicted of child sexual abuse of three girls as young as 10 years old, crimes that dated back to his days as a rocker in the 70s and 80s, and was sentenced this week to 17 years in prison.
It’s hard to associate the glories of Rock And Roll Part 2 with the evil that Glitter has done in his life, until you follow the money. Then it all becomes very clear.