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Malcolm Maclaren RIP

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by The Truth, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member

    Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of punk group the Sex Pistols, has died in New York, aged 64, his agent has said.

    McLaren, the ex-partner of designer Vivienne Westwood, was believed to have been diagnosed with cancer a while ago.

    He set up a clothes shop and label with Westwood on London's King's Road in the 1970s and was later a businessman and performer in his own right.

    The couple had a son, Joseph Corre, the co-founder of lingerie shop Agent Provocateur.

    His agent told the BBC McLaren passed away on Thursday morning.

    Spokesman Les Malloy said he expected McLaren's body to be returned to the UK before it is buried in Highgate Cemetery.

    He said McLaren died at his home after his condition suddenly got worse.

    He said the artist's family was "devastated" and "in shock" and said: "He had been doing very well, it's a sad day. I have spoken to his partner."

    McLaren also managed a number of other bands, including the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow before producing his own records including the much-sampled track Double Dutch from the 1983 album Duck Rock.
    Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols in 1976

    McLaren emerged from art school in the 1960s and with Westwood, set up Let It Rock - a fashion store specialising in rubber and leather fetish gear.

    It was later, infamously, renamed "Sex" and he and Westwood defined punk fashion.

    He went on to manage the Sex Pistols in 1976 although there was a falling out and he later lost a court case over royalties.

    McLaren dabbled in politics and at one point, toyed with the idea of entering the race for the Mayor of London.

    In 2007, he pulled out of an appearance on the reality show I I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, after changing his mind about the show.

    Between December last year and this January, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead hosted an exhibition by McLaren of "musical paintings" on the issue of sex.

    BBC News - Former Sex Pistols manager Malcom McLaren dies at 64


    sad to hear this music legend has passed..I never knew about his Sex Pistols/Westwood connection til later as my first introduction to him was this old school "hip-hop" song

  2. mushroom

    mushroom TRIBE Member

    that's a shame.

    probably why i just heard a random sex pistols track being played on the radio.

  3. maphi

    maphi TRIBE Member

    Are you sure it wasn't a specific Sex Pistols track?
  4. rswbrixton

    rswbrixton TRIBE Member

    A legend .

    Tonite i play some Malcolm and his Bootzilla Orchestra , some PIL , and a wrap up with a Sex Pistol track .

    im puttin on my doc martens and havin a smirnoff while i take in some musical history and rememberance .
  5. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    I have mixed feelings about this.

    As for the legend comment that might be a stretch, influential sure
    but more opportunistic than anything else.

    I'll wait to see what Johnny has to say
  6. le bricoleur

    le bricoleur TRIBE Member

    Weird. I was just reading about him today in Simon Reynold's Generation Ecstasy
  7. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    Definitely influential; probably didn't even expect to live to be 64 way back when...
  8. NemIsis

    NemIsis TRIBE Member

  9. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    RIP Malcolm. One of my favorite 12"s:

  10. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  11. Dialog

    Dialog TRIBE Member

    What's the point? Johnny keeps saying the samo contrarian crap anytime he's near a mic. Why anyone still pays attention long enough to hear his eventual & highly predictable Punk Rock blowoff is beyond me...
  12. Respect for a musical visionary.
  13. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    Yes he does but he probably knew M.M better than most along with Vivienne Westwood. Just so you can see what I meant Johnny actually had alot of respect for the guy aside from the politics and lawsuits.

    Johnny Rotten Pays Tribute To Malcom McLaren | Billboard.com
  14. gak

    gak TRIBE Member

    I remediate old industrial sites for a living. They are full of nasty things like asbestos. I’m sure the in the early punk scene, much like in the early rave scene, people frequented marginal places like abandoned factories and warehouses. His exposure could have came from this since it takes 20 to 50 years for Mesothelioma to occur after exposure.
  15. mushroom

    mushroom TRIBE Member

    Yup, it wasn't the standard 2-3 songs you usually hear on the radio. And the station I was listening too, tends to do that to mark an important occasion like this.

    I like what John Lydon had to say about him, as kyfe posted above. Shows that even though their relationship had deteriorated over the years, he still respected and liked the man.

    Sylvain Sylvain had a nice comment about him too.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2010
  16. saskboy

    saskboy TRIBE Member

    fuck him

    he was a scumbag who ripped off anbody he could
  17. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    wow, you're grumpy.
  18. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    This was part of the issue I had with MM, but you have to give the guy credit, if it wasn't for him who knows if punk would even have happened. He took nobodys to the studio and made them rich even though they couldn't really play instruments.

    Either way the guy had vision and an eye for talent.

    funny tidbit Sid Vicious could have been the lead singer of the sex pistols but MM met Johnny first and offered the gig to him.
  19. 23skidoo

    23skidoo New Member

    One of the worlds greatest blaggers, Banksy take note.
  20. saskboy

    saskboy TRIBE Member

    it most definately would have

    iggy pop and joey ramone among others
  21. dj_soo

    dj_soo TRIBE Member

  22. saskboy

    saskboy TRIBE Member


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