Malcolm McLaren

Musician + Band Manager + Entrepreneur + Songwriter

Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was an English impresario, rock-artist, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in a creative way. Born into a dysfunctional family, he became an art-college dropout and social rebel in the style of the Paris revolutionaries (Situationists) of 1968.… Read More

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1946 Birth McLaren was born on 22 January 1946 to Peter McLaren, a Scottish engineer, and Emily Isaacs, in post-World War II North London. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old …  In 1968 McLaren tried unsuccessfully to travel to Paris to join the demonstrations there. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old In October 1971, McLaren took over the back part of the retail premises at 430 Kings Road in Chelsea, west London, and sold rock n roll records, refurbished '50s radiograms and dead stock clothing as In The Back Of Paradise Garage. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old In August 1973, McLaren and Westwood visited New York to participate in the National Boutique Fair, where they met the New York Dolls and began to supply the group with stage wear. … Read More
In January 1975, McLaren and Westwood designed red patent leather costumes for the New York Dolls and used a Soviet-style hammer and sickle motif for their stage show as a provocative means of promoting them. … Read More


1977 31 Years Old …  The issue of a controversial record, "God Save the Queen", satirising the Queen's Jubilee in 1977 was typical of McLaren's shock tactics, and he gained publicity by being arrested after a promotional boat trip outside the Houses of Parliament. … Read More
1979 33 Years Old McLaren was approached by Adam Ant to manage Adam and the Ants, following their debut album release in late 1979. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old In 1983, McLaren released Duck Rock, an album that, in collaboration with producer and co-writer Trevor Horn and The World's Famous Supreme Team (a duo of hip hop radio disc jockeys from New York City who hosted a hip hop and classic R&B show on WHBI 105.9 FM and were among the first DJs to introduce the art of scratching to the world), mixed up influences from Africa and the Americas, including hip hop. … Read More
1984 38 Years Old In 1984 McLaren turned to electronic music and opera on the single "Madame Butterfly", which reached No.13 in the UK and No.16 in Australia. … Read More


McLaren's 1989 album Waltz Darling, was a funk/disco/vogueing inspired album. … Read More
1992 46 Years Old In 1992, McLaren co-wrote the song "Carry On Columbus" for the feature film of the same name. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old In 1994, he recorded the concept album Paris, with appearances by such prominent French stars as the actress Catherine Deneuve, musician Françoise Hardy and fashion designer Sonia Rykiel.


1998 52 Years Old In 1998, McLaren released Buffalo Gals Back 2 Skool (Virgin Records), an album featuring hip hop artists Rakim, KRS-One, De La Soul and producer Henri Scars Struck revisiting tracks from the original Duck Rock album. … Read More
1999 53 Years Old 1 More Event
McLaren's solo work, particularly from the Duck Rock period, has been sampled by other artists. In 1999, a group called Dope Smugglaz had a UK top twenty hit with the track "Double Double Dutch", which made extensive use of samples from McLaren's original "Double Dutch". … Read More
2003 57 Years Old In 2003, McLaren wrote the article "8-Bit Punk" championing 8-bit music. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old In 2006, McLaren presented the documentary series Malcolm McLaren's Musical Map of London for BBC Radio 2, followed in 2007 by Malcolm McLaren's Life and Times in L.A. Also in 2007, McLaren competed in a reality TV show for ITV titled The Baron, filmed in the small Scottish fishing village of Gardenstown. … Read More
2007 61 Years Old 1 More Event
It was announced on 7 November 2007 that McLaren would be one of the contestants in the seventh series of the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity...
2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2008, McLaren featured as one of the 'celebrity hijackers' in the UK TV series Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, which was broadcast on E4. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, JRP Ringier published McLaren's book Musical Painting, which featured contributions from other visual artists including Damien Hirst and Jim Lambie. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old Died on April 8, 2010.
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