Posted in music | tour dates on April 14, 2010

"We are going to miss him terribly" - David Johansen

NY Dolls

Recording artist, manager of the Sex Pistols, provocateur, fashion designer, impresario -- Malcolm McLaren, who died of cancer April 8th at 64 was all those things. He was also, briefly, the manager of the New York Dolls just before their breakup in 1975. Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain spoke with Rolling Stone about his encounters with McLaren. "I always thought the most important member of the Sex Pistols was Malcolm McLaren," Sylvain says. "When they got back together in the '90s, I thought, 'They're missing their most important star, and that was Malcolm.' "

Rolling Stone: When did you first meet McLaren?

NY Doll Sylvain Sylvain: It was at a clothing trade show back in 1971 in New York City. I had a knitwear company, and he and Vivienne [Westwood] were down at the end of the hallway with their clothing line Let It Rock, which was basically rockabilly clothing. Malcolm had this long blond pompadour, long sideburns and white baggy pants. He was like Jerry Lee Lewis, really cool looking. On the last day of trade shows, designers sell their samples, so I said to David Johansen and Johnny Thunders, "You gotta come over." So we bought some things from Malcolm and Vivienne and invited them down to see us at the Mercer Arts Center. He fell in love with the New York Dolls, and we fell in love with them. Vivienne would tell us, "You boys look so much better in women's clothing."

Malcolm McLaren also managed The Sex Pistols. You can hear what Sex Pistol & PiL frontman Johnny Rotten has to say about him HERE.

About to kick off a tour in Europe, it has been announced that the New York Dolls will play Warsaw in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 22nd. Tickets are on sale for the joint Knitting Factory and Scenic production.

You can also catch David Johansen solo on June 27th at Highline Ballroom. All dates and some videos below...

New York Dolls - 2010 Tour Dates
04/15 Caen, Paris
04/16 Paris, France
04/17 Le Mans, France
04/19 London, England
04/20 Dublin, Ireland
04/22 Den Haag, Netherlands
04/23 Leuven, Belgium
04/25 Berlin, Germany
04/27 Copenhagen, Denmark
04/28 Goteburg, Sweden
04/29 Drammen, Norway
04/30 Bergen, Norway
05/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

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Comments (12)

i thought that malcolm and the dolls' relationship ended very very badly, with the communist direction, etc. and that was the whole story behind the sex pistols' "new york"? is this like when dr. dre was all upset when eazy e died?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 11:46 AM

really annoys me when in all media it says he "managed the sex pistols", at least BV can give him a better title, maybe "godfather of punk" ?

Posted by me | April 14, 2010 12:20 PM

The title of "Godfather of Punk" is considered by many to Iggy's and rightly so. Malcolm McLaren was, arguably, the creator of the punk aesthetic. Two VERY different things. McLaren was FASHION over function. He was incredibly influential though. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 12:40 PM

what happened to Warsaw? why aren't there any decent shows there any more?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 1:14 PM

those are some ugly women in that picture.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 2:27 PM

I'd hit it

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 2:43 PM

"Malcolm McLaren was, arguably, the creator of the punk aesthetic."

Emphasis on "arguably," since the creator of said aesthetic is more like Richard Hell.

Posted by om | April 14, 2010 3:48 PM

they were renovating. club should look nice.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 4:06 PM

pimps up, hoes down

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 4:17 PM

it would be nice if new york could go back to the days of shared needles, knife fights, back alley sex...all this pc, healthy living makes one queezy. no one wants to listen to your/or my fat mouth for 75 years

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 7:00 PM

i appreciate that no one knows the answer to my "didn't the ny dolls beef hard with mclaren question" and instead takes poopy out of their bunghole, smears it in the "leave a comment" section of this, and then presses submit. but no, thank you, pimps up hoes down. good stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 7:29 PM

The song New York was actually John Lydons diatribe against Malcolms love of New York when he returned to London and how he was pushing that scene on the Pistols. The book please kill me shares that when Malcolm took over the Dolls were in their last days anyway, they split over drugs when David didnt want to work with addicts and Sylvain drove around with Malcolm for awhile after the breakup. Malcolm didnt hate the NY Dolls and Johnny and Jerry of the Dolls probably didnt hate Malcolm but thought of him as a goofball. Johnny and Jerry went on tour later with the Sex Pistols who they knew nothing about at first thinking of it as a trip to England Lets go!

Posted by JJ | April 17, 2010 11:42 AM

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