Posted in music on April 8, 2010

Malcom McLaren

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

McLaren had had cancer for some time. His condition recently deteriorated rapidly and he died this morning in New York. His body is expected to be brought home to be buried in Highgate cemetery, north London.

Born in North London, McLaren was best known as the manager of the iconic punk band The Sex Pistols... His spokesman Les Molloy told The Independent: "He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated. He died in New York this morning. We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery." [The Independent]

Malcolm also managed the New York Dolls, wrote and performed his own music, and did many other things. Videos below...

Malcolm McLaren - Madame Butterfly

Malcolm Mclaren - Deep in Vogue

Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch

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Comments (29)

Here's to a man who dictated what was cool. McLaren truly had his finger on the pulse of fashion, music and it's relevance to the surrounding culture. RIP!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 3:02 PM

From NYC to London, he set the stage for so much of the great music that followed.

Posted by drewo | April 8, 2010 3:04 PM

Sucks. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 3:12 PM

Sad news. Wonder if PIL will cancel Coachella appearance if Funeral is scheduled late next week?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 3:29 PM

PIL won't do that...

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 3:43 PM

PIL is more concerned about the $$$$$$$$

Posted by Jonny Paycheck | April 8, 2010 4:12 PM

MEHlcolm McClaren

AMIRITE?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:20 PM

why would anyone in PiL give a shit about malcolm mclaren's funeral?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:21 PM

dude continues to get far too much credit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:24 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:29 PM

Elaborate, 4:24. AS far as I can tell he only gets the credit he deserves

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:41 PM

The obituaries are saying he invented Chillwave. TOTAL BULLSHIT!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:50 PM

Chillwave dies now

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 4:55 PM

he just capitalized on punk rock. put the sex pistols together because that's what was cool and trendy in america. people care way too much about this guy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 5:04 PM

He was a business man. So what?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 5:16 PM

@5:04
I hate to break it to you but punk was far from cool and trendy in the US in 1975 (when the pistols started). Did it exist as a bizarre sub-culture of freaks and outcasts in a few pockets of the country, yes, was it "trendy", I think not.

A true mad genius in the best sense of the word.
RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 5:39 PM

So what if he cared about $$$? Like Radiohead doesn't?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 5:44 PM

it is and was all his fault

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 5:53 PM

dude started the sex pistols. the sex pistols changed the world.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 5:59 PM

Literally the end of an era.

It's like that R. Crumb comic strip where he mails his drawings to Bertrand Russell to see what he thinks of his work - just before an atomic blast annihilates the world.

Sad, and nothing but.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | April 8, 2010 6:11 PM

Yes, that's exactly what it's like.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 6:55 PM

Proto-svengali for the likes of Maurice Starr, hipped white kids to hip-hop well before the Beastie Boys and made opera cool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 7:26 PM

And please don't forget "Buffalo Girls." One of Malcolm's greatest achievements!

Posted by blackhat | April 8, 2010 8:00 PM

^ Right there is what I mean when I saw he continues to get too much credit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 8:11 PM

he was the architect of the pistols and that alone makes him relevant, and important. i didn't care for malcolm's personal artistic endeavors but he had a significant impact on the artistic, cultural, and social life of a nation. so, yes, he does deserve credit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 2:25 AM

Now I know you shouldn't say this about the dead but he was/is a bit over-rated in the world of music.

Most of his influence was in the social change of the time, this is his influence on The Sex Pistols, and before them The New York Dolls. The fashion, the rebellion, the attitude that is where he is important, the music was almost side-effect.

House On Fire - http://houseonfiremusic.blogspot.com

Posted by House On Fire | April 9, 2010 3:41 AM

dude is the definition of relevant as far as behind-the-scenes dudes go. you can't get much more relevant.

all those people who think behind the scenes dudes aren't relevant obviously haven't even sniffed success, and that's why.

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:27 AM

Sniff these balls.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 12:43 PM

Pil cancel? how ignorant are these posters? Lydon will PARTY HARD that night and CELEBRATE. Unless something has changed Lydon HATES McClaren.

Posted by nygrump | April 9, 2010 3:05 PM

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