Malcolm McLaren
Musician, band manager, entrepreneur, songwriter
Malcolm McLaren
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.
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Sex Pistols Manager's Son Burns Punk Memorabilia Worth Millions
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Multi-million pound Sex Pistols collection to go up in flames
Reuters.com - 3 months
LONDON (Reuters) - The son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren said he would set fire to millions of dollars of punk memorabilia on Saturday, as a protest against the musical scene's appropriation by the mainstream.
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Ian Faith Lives!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The legendary manager of Spinal Tap didn't die after all... The BBC's Channel Four has just launched a documentary program called Music Moguls about the great rock managers of the latter half of the 20th century including Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham, Don Arden, Peter Grant, Malcolm McLaren and of course the shrewdest of them, manager of the most beloved heavy metal band on earth Spinal Tap. In this exclusive clip, he reveals Spinal Tap's formula for pop success (and why Big Bottom beats Stonehenge every time). Watch now... ... and for more of what Ian Faith is up to, visit his website & radio show, The Final Edition. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Dog Ears Music: Born in February Playlist
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Melody GardotJazz chanteuse and songwriter Melody Gardot's clarity and reserve is something to take in. Born in New Jersey in 1985 and raised in Philadelphia, she tracked her path of music starting at the age of 9. Piano and fashion studies were interrupted at 19, as Gardot was hit by a car whilst riding her bicycle, and left for dead on the side of the road. During the arduous months of recovery, music became her healer and her third hand. The injurious trauma left her sensitive to noise and light, yet ever resilient. The Grammy-nominated songbird's highlights include the VSA International Young Soloists Award, featured tracks for the film An Education, and a batch of releases to date. Her gentle voice is a soaring force. "Worrisome Heart," from her 2006 release Worrisome Heart, is pure grade-A. Buy: iTunes.com Genre: Jazz Artist: Melody Gardot Song: Worrisome Heart Album: Worrisome Heart-Single of the Week Conor OberstSinger/songwriter Conor Oberst was born in ...
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Rebels and mavericks make it into 2014 Dictionary of National Biography
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Comedians, punks and sportspeople now among 'notables' in the online reference work, once the preserve of the great and good The Dictionary of National Biography has charted the lives of the British establishment for 130 years. But while entry into its prestigious pages after death used to depend on financial standing and pedigree, the latest online version is responding to a growing taste for mavericks and risk-takers. Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, irreverent novelist Beryl Bainbridge, comedian and clown Norman Wisdom, turkey farmer Bernard Matthews and hard-living snooker player Alex "Hurricane" Higgins are all to be announced this week as new entrants, selected by experts for inclusion in the 2014 edition. None of these people would have counted themselves among the great and good of the land. "We are looking for 'notability', and what that word means has changed," said the dictionary's editor, Dr Lawrence Goldman, explaining that an impact on national culture is now an im ...
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Charmed Life
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Adam Ant buckles down and gets on with it. by Mark Lore CHANCES ARE you're not one of the people who knows that Adam Ant put out a new record in 2013. Or that it's called Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. Or that it's actually pretty good. It's a much different world now than the one Ant—born Stuart Goddard in Marylebone, England—inhabited at the height of Antmania and early-'80s MTV. But the 58-year-old has once again reinvented himself, as he's done many times throughout his career. Blueblack Hussar—his first album since 1995's altern-adult Wonderful—is brimming with 17 songs that touch on the tribal drum-heavy glam found on classics like Kings of the Wild Frontier and Friend or Foe as well as stripped-down American roots. It's a scattered, less than cohesive piece of work—perhaps reflective of Ant's life and career—which is also what makes it intriguing. "It's certainly the most personal recor ...
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Living Metal: Headbangers and The Witch Hunters
CNN - over 3 years
I find it so amusing when people call me a “Gen X’er” because they seem to be under the delusion that nothing happened in the 80’s. The 60’s may have woke us up from the 50’s and the 70’s exploded with a new cosmic consciousness and a sense of urban shamanic connection. But, just because we weren’t “doing it” in the middle of the road anymore, hardly means nothing happened.   As a child of the 70’s, I was too much in my own world to really pay attention to anything tangible. I played “Wonder Woman” and re-enacted the “Isis” shows under the huge, magical willow trees in our home in Fishkill, NY. We swung on tire swings in the woods, got cut, collected frogs, made music from trash can lids, and made up rules to made up games. Everyone on my little planet around me seemed to be disconnected from the immense multi-verse of my imagination where it didn’t matter that I was taller than everyone else or fatter than everyone else or weirder than everyone else. I just simply mattered. I wante ...
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Nancy Cohen-koan: We Love Malcolm...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When Andy Lee and I decided to do a film about London's first mayoral race and particularly front runner Malcolm McLaren, I was under no illusions. Malcolm had a difficult reputation and though I had spoken to him a few times about his thoughts on the coming millennium, we had never actually met. Still, I was impressed with his gift of gab and figured he'd be a live wire and fun to document. As we started researching for the film, it became clear that he was not too popular with a lot of people. The Sex Pistols didn't like him, so we opted to not try and interview any of the remaining musicians. Why alienate the candidate from the start? But we needn't have worried. Early on his political team supplied us with the theme song by the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLUm3nZetto O Levels, We Love Malcolm. Its ironic lyrics underscore the low expectations...We Love Malcolm, repeats until its followed by the refrain, cause no one else does. Most recently I read comments by h ...
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Joe Fresh Channels Paris At Toronto Fashion Week
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
TORONTO - The City of Light illuminated the latest looks from Joe Fresh as the homegrown brand injected an abundance of Parisian chic into affordable apparel offerings unveiled at World MasterCard Fashion Week on Wednesday. Creative director Joe Mimran cited Malcolm McLaren's 1994 concept album "Paris" as a source of inspiration for the largely black and white collection, which sought to deliver a modernized spin on styles from the '60s, '70s and '90s. The fall-winter line prominently showcased two contrasting sides of womenswear with dainty, feminine fashions interspersed among tougher, menswear-inspired styles. Headscarf-sporting models donned the more demure designs, which encompassed two-piece knit sets, sheer, polka dot blouses, sequinned shifts, ruffled silk tops, laser-cut neoprene and sweet, pleated skirts. But it was the edgier looks in the collection that were the standouts — and extra-heavy on embellishments. Oversized studding adorned denim shirts, jeans, belts ...
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Michael Sigman: Is Former Stones' Manager The Ultimate Hustler?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Andrew Oldham's recently-released book Stone Free is, as mentioned here, more a rumination on the art of the hustle than a traditional memoir. In his earlier volumes Stoned and 2Stoned, the former Stones manager/producer provided a narrative of a career that began a half-century ago when a clueless teenager forsook the usual pursuits of sports and proms to infuse himself into the careers of the holy trinity of the Beatles, the Stones and Bob Dylan before his twentieth birthday. Now, armed with five decades of street scholarship -- his "post-graduate education in double-dealing" -- Oldham dissects the moves of such "pimpresarios" as Albert Grossman, Malcolm McLaren and, most important, Allen Klein, among whose hustle-ees were Sam Cooke, the Beatles, the Stones and Oldham himself. Oldham's relationship with Allen Klein is the substance of the most complicated and revealing chapter in Stone Free. Armed with extraordinary accounting skills and a relentless pursuit of the ...
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Adam Hanft: Making Something New Out of Something Vintage; An Interview With Gill Linton, Founder of Byronesque
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Gill Linton has a foot -- likely wearing a 1980s pair of Thierry Mugler shoes -- in two worlds. Her mission is to bring the chaotic, local and impractical world of shopping for vintage clothing into the world of the web, ecommerce and original content. Gill's startup -- named Byronesque, launched last month -- is on a mission to not just create a new supply chain for vintage goods, but to provide an authentic counter-balance to the churn-and-earn values of the global fashion industry. She believes the market for this is enormous and under-served; in this exclusive interview she decodes her company's name, pulls no velvet-gloved punches about the moral calamity that the fashion industry has become, and details her plans to turn what might seem like a niche into a major turbine of trends and style. Q: You chose quite the literary reference for your new company's name. Were you an English Major or were you just drawn naturally to aristocratic excess? A: Actually, I've alw ...
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Lily Avnet: Why the Brothel Creeper Is As Scary As It Sounds
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Friends, fashionistas, countrymen and all who misquote Shakespeare, welcome! In this column I plan to explore the fashion world through an objective -- read: amusing/brilliant/hilarious -- lens. As a writer, or alienated individual, I believe my ability to see through trends will surpass the skill of someone who is actually style conscious. Consider me your guide to the fashion unconscious. Not in the Freudian sense, but in a fashion-coma way (yes, my wardrobe still resembles that of Brenda Walsh). I'm your cool grandma who can blog and artfully mock what's "in," a detective for curious souls in both feet and being. I will ask the hard questions, like why did the man skirt make an appearance on the runways last spring, and through this process uncover the history of each object or trend. Without further ado, I bring you exhibit one: the brothel creeper. Courtesy Asos.com In a classic "we're-indie-so-we-can't-be-bothered-to-think-about-our-appearance" move, hipsters f ...
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Famous Forensic Sculptor Frank Bender Passes Away from Mesothelioma
Seedol - about 5 years
Yet another notable public figure has passed away from mesothelioma. Seventy-year-old Frank Bender, a well-known forensic sculptor (or “recomposer of the dead” as he came to be known) passed away from mesothelioma in July after battling the deadly asbestos disease for nearly two years.  Bender became well known throughout the U.S. – and attained local fame in Philadelphia where he was born and raised – following his involvement in the case of John List, a N.J. man who disappeared after killing his family in 1971. A Bender-designed bust of List’s head that reflected what he would look like 18 years after the murders that was used in an 1989 episode of “America’s Most Wanted” that resulted in the murderer’s capture and eventual conviction “In many ways, Frank’s bust of John List really launched “America’s Most Wanted” into a national force for catching fugitives,” said John Walsh, host of the television show, in 2009, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “ ...
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Beauty of the object: Moscow design festival - RT
Google News - over 5 years
Eclipsing some of the lesser-known names in contemporary design will be some iconic works such as Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's famous PunkPistol fashion collection, brought here from 430 King's Road, London. Russian and foreign projects will
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Adam Ant interview | 'You have to believe in what you're doing' - Red Bull (International)
Google News - over 5 years
Didn't you almost work with Malcolm McLaren? Malcolm was like my mentor and best mate. But hand on heart, out of a handful of geniuses every century, I think he was one. He knew every fucking rock 'n' roll record out there and he taught us all how to
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Legendary British DJ Mary Anne Hobbs' Brave New Frontier: Primetime - RollingStone.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
You've mentioned being inspired by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's work; how they transcended fashion and generated new dialogue among other creators of all varieties. Do you see any other fashion or design figures doing something similarly
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Malcolm McLaren
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Died on April 8, 2010.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    He was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in October 2009, and died of the disease on 8 April 2010 in a hospital in Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details McLaren's last words were claimed by his son Joe Corre to have been "Free Leonard Peltier". In a coffin sprayed with the slogan "Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die", McLaren's funeral was attended by celebrities including Bob Geldof, Tracey Emin and Adam Ant and held at One Marylebone, a deconsecrated church in central London. McLaren was buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London, to the strains of the Sid Vicious version of "My Way". In 2012, probate was granted to Young Kim by McLaren's will, which excluded his son Joe Corre from the inheritance. In April 2013, a headstone was placed on McLaren's grave featuring the slogan "Better a spectacular failure, than a benign success", a misquote of McLaren's claim that the best advice he received came from an art-school teacher, "It is better to be a flamboyant failure than any kind of benign success".
    In 2009, JRP Ringier published McLaren's book Musical Painting, which featured contributions from other visual artists including Damien Hirst and Jim Lambie.
    More Details Hide Details In the afterword, publisher Lionel Bovier wrote, "Malcolm McLaren is and has been artist in the purest sense for his entire adult life." At the time of his death, McLaren had recently finished a new film work entitled Paris: City Of The XXIst Century, which was first shown at the Baltic Contemporary Art Centre in Gateshead, UK. In 2011, the US performance art biennial festival Performa instituted The Malcolm, an award for the most thought-provoking entry named after McLaren and designed by Marc Newson. In 2013, The Costume Institute of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "Punk: From Chaos To Couture" included the section The Couturier Situationists dedicated to McLaren and Westwood. An exhibition about McLaren's engagement in fashion was held as part of the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair in August 2014. "Let It Rock: The Look of Music The Sound of Fashion" was curated by Young Kim and Paul Gorman and based around sections focusing on each of the six retail outlets McLaren operated with Vivienne Westwood. Original clothing, photographs, and ephemera were loaned by the Malcolm McLaren Estate archive and such collectors as British fashion designer Kim Jones and musician Marco Pirroni.
  • 2008
    In 2008, New York City public arts group Creative Time premiered nine pieces of McLaren's 21-part sound painting series Shallow via MTV's massive HD screen in Times Square.
    More Details Hide Details The series, which was first shown at Art 39 Basel in June that year, was the first instalment of an ongoing public arts content partnership between Creative Time and MTV. The complete version of "Shallow 1–21" was given its full US museum premiere in the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), in Philadelphia, from 24 October 2009 until 3 January 2010.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In his hijack, he encouraged the housemates to remove their clothes, daub themselves in paint and produce an artwork using only their bodies and a bicycle. About his contribution to music, McLaren has said about himself: "I have been called many things: a charlatan, a con man, or, most flatteringly, the culprit responsible for turning British popular culture into nothing more than a cheap marketing gimmick. This is my chance to prove that these accusations are true." While still an art student, McLaren's first public exhibition of his work took place in 1967 and was based around an environmental installation staged at the Kingly Street Art Gallery in central London which was run by a group of artists including Keith Albarn. In 1988, McLaren's work was the subject of the exhibition Impresario: Malcolm McLaren and the British New Wave at New York's New Museum Of Contemporary Art.
  • 2007
    Get Me Out of Here!, set in the outback of Australia and premiering on British television on Monday 12 November 2007, but he pulled out the day he had flown to Australia.
    More Details Hide Details He told press "it is fake", that he didn't know any of the other celebrities and quite frankly, "he didn't have the time". He was replaced by Katie Hopkins.
    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...
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  • 2006
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The series was due to be shown in August 2007, but was postponed owing to the death of fellow contestant actor Mike Reid shortly after filming was completed. It was eventually broadcast starting on 24 April 2008. During filming McLaren was seen urinating into the harbour and loudly telling assembled inhabitants of the famously devout town, 'Jesus is a sausage', at which point he was physically assaulted by a resident. McLaren came last in the competition, which was won by Reid.
  • 2003
    In 2003, McLaren wrote the article "8-Bit Punk" championing 8-bit music.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared on This Spartan Life, a popular machinima that frequently uses 8-bit music, and he also discussed the topic.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In an issue of New Statesman published on 20 December 1999, an article titled "My Vision for London" included the McLaren Manifesto, and there was speculation that McLaren might stand to be elected as Mayor of London, although ultimately he did not run.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Mariah Carey's "Honey" and "Honey (Bad boy remix)" sampled "Hey DJ". In 2002, Eminem released a track called "Without Me", which interpolated McLaren's song "Buffalo Gals". In 2007, McLaren's song "World's Famous" was sampled by R&B singer Amerie on the song "Some Like It" from her album Because I Love It. In 2001, author Paul Gorman published his book The Look: Adventures In Rock & Pop Fashion with a foreword and contributions from McLaren. The 2006 second edition included a CD featuring the track "Deux" from the Paris Remixes album. During the 1980s, McLaren attempted to make a film called Fashion Beast, from a script by comic-book writer Alan Moore. McLaren took the project to New York City in 1986, and was for a time funded through NYC-based nightlife impresario and producer Robert Boykin. Avenue Pictures recommended screenwriter Steve Means to rewrite the Alan Moore script. This was contracted and several drafts written, but the process slowed down with the physical deterioration of producer Boykin, who subsequently died in 1988. McLaren declared the project "an orphan." (The film has since been adapted and serialised into a 10-issue comic book, published by Avatar Press (2012).) The film was never made, but McLaren was involved with other film and television projects, including The Ghosts of Oxford Street, made for Channel 4 in 1991. This musical history of London's Oxford Street was directed and narrated by McLaren and included performances by The Happy Mondays, Tom Jones, Rebel MC, Kirsty MacColl, John Altman and Sinéad O'Connor.
  • 1998
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That year he also created a band called Jungk. This project was not a commercial success. Around this time he released a track called "The Bell Song" as a single available in a variety of remixes. McLaren's track "About Her", based on "She's Not There" by The Zombies, rose to prominence when featured by director Quentin Tarantino in his film Kill Bill: Volume 2. Accused of plagiarism by French musician Benjamin Beduneau, McLaren was cleared in November 2005 when a court in Angers, France dismissed the case. The song uses Bessie Smith's "St. Louis Blues" by looping the phrase "My man's got a heart like a rock cast in the sea."
  • 1994
    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.
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  • 1992
    In 1992, McLaren co-wrote the song "Carry On Columbus" for the feature film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The song plays over the end credits of the film.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    However, from 1989 McLaren and Yanni further arranged the "Flower Duet" and it featured in BA's "World's Favourite Airline" global advertising campaign of the 1980s and 1990s.
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    In 1989, McLaren and composer Yanni arranged the "Flower Duet" into a work called "Aria on air".
    More Details Hide Details The "Flower Duet" theme, taken from the French opera Lakmé by Léo Delibes, had already been used by composer Howard Blake to accompany British Airways commercials since 1984.
    McLaren's 1989 album Waltz Darling, was a funk/disco/vogueing inspired album.
    More Details Hide Details Waltz Darling incorporated elements of his former albums, i.e. spoken verses, string arrangements and eclectic mix of genres but featured such prominent musicians as Bootsy Collins and Jeff Beck with a glitzy, Louisiana-style production aimed at the US market. The singles, "Waltz Darling" and "Something's Jumpin' in Your Shirt" became top-20 radio hits in Europe, with the single "Deep in Vogue" bringing voguing to the attention of the world.
  • 1984
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The producer of the single, Stephen Hague, became much sought after following his work with McLaren on the LP Fans.
  • 1983
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album helped bring hip hop to a wider audience. Two of the singles from the album ("Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch") became top-10 hits in the UK, with "Buffalo Gals" a minor hit in some major cities in the US.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    McLaren was approached by Adam Ant to manage Adam and the Ants, following their debut album release in late 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter three members of the band left to form Bow Wow Wow under McLaren's management. McLaren continued to manage Ant as he found new band members for Adam and the Ants and worked on a new sound and also advised such groups as The Slits and Jimmy The Hoover. The members of Bow Wow Wow also promoted clothing designed by McLaren and Westwood, and he embroiled the group in such controversies as plans to publish a magazine to be titled Chicken, to celebrate sex between individuals under the age of consent.
  • 1977
    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.
    More Details Hide Details McLaren also performed as a solo artist, initially popularising hip hop and world music and later diversifying into funk and disco, the dance fashion for "vogueing" and merging opera with contemporary electronic musical forms. When accused of turning popular culture into a cheap marketing gimmick, he joked that he hoped it was true. In his later years, he lived in Paris and New York City, and died of peritoneal mesothelioma in a Swiss hospital.
  • 1975
    In mid-1975, McLaren advised SEX customers Paul Cook and Steve Jones on their musical aspirations, introducing them to his shop assistant, bassist Glen Matlock and persuading them to eject guitarist/singer Wally Nightingale from rehearsals.
    More Details Hide Details It has been reported that McLaren's associate Bernie Rhodes (later manager of The Clash), spotted a replacement frontman in another customer, John Lydon then sporting green-dyed hair and torn clothes with the words "I hate" scribbled on his Pink Floyd T-shirt. Lydon, dubbed "Johnny Rotten", joined and McLaren provided the name Sex Pistols (McLaren stated that he wanted them to sound like "sexy young assassins"). Rock is fundamentally a young people's music, right? And a lot of kids feel cheated. They feel that the music's been taken away from them by that whole over-25 audience. NME – November 1976 In May 1977, the band released "God Save the Queen" during the week of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. McLaren organised a boat trip down the Thames where the Sex Pistols would perform their music outside the Houses of Parliament. The boat was raided by the police and McLaren was arrested, thus achieving his goal to obtain publicity.
    In April 1975, McLaren returned to Britain.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details This ploy was not successful and the Dolls soon broke up.
  • 1973
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In October 1974, the store was renamed SEX to reflect a growing preoccupation with fetishwear and provocation.
  • 1971
    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.
    More Details Hide Details With the assistance of his art school friend Patrick Casey, McLaren subsequently converted the entire ground floor into Let It Rock with his girlfriend Vivienne Westwood repairing original clothing and making facsimiles. McLaren and Westwood gathered custom from Teddy Boys and also designed clothing for theatrical and cinematic productions such as That'll Be The Day. In 1973, new designs in leather with studding inaugurated a new manifestation at the site with the name Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die; among commissions were costumes for Ken Russell's film Mahler.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In 1968 McLaren tried unsuccessfully to travel to Paris to join the demonstrations there.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, with fellow student Jamie Reid, he took part in a student occupation of Croydon Art School. McLaren later grafted some of the movement's ideas into promotion of pop and rock groups.
  • 1946
    McLaren was born on 22 January 1946 to Peter McLaren, a Scottish engineer, and Emily Isaacs, in post-World War II North London.
    More Details Hide Details His father left when he was two and he and his brother Stuart were raised by his maternal grandmother, Rose Corre Isaacs, the formerly wealthy daughter of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish diamond dealers, in Stoke Newington. McLaren told Andrew Denton on Enough Rope that his grandmother always said to him, "To be bad is good... to be good is simply boring". In The Ghosts of Oxford Street he says Charles Clore (who bought Selfridges) became his mother's lover. When he was six, McLaren's mother married Martin Levi, a rag trade entrepreneur; together they operated women's-wear business Eve Edwards with a factory in London's East End. McLaren left home in his teens, and, after trying out a series of jobs (including one as a wine taster), he attended several art colleges, including Harrow. He left education in 1971.
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