Thursday, 8 April 2010

Malcolm McLaren R.I.P.

Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols and impresario, has died. He was 64.

The always controversial McLaren is most famous as the manager of the Sex Pistols. However the importance of his role in the band’s success is often debated – and usually entirely dismissed by the band’s leadsinger John Lydon.

What can't be denied is McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's influence on the look of the Pistols and therefore the whole of the British Punk scene. From a graphic design point of view the work with Jamie Reid (seen above) created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.

McLaren also managed The New York Dolls, Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and released several solo hip-hop and electronic albums including the influential Duck Rock, featuring the singles Buffalo Gals and Double Dutch.

Joe Corre, his son, made the announcement of McLaren’s death telling the The Associated Press that “he was the original punk rocker and revolutionized the world. He’s somebody I’m incredibly proud of. He’s a real beacon of a man for people to look up to.”

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