Malcom McLaren, Mastermind of punk, dies

09 April 2010

Malcolm McLaren, the legendary punk promoter, manager of the Sex Pistols and former husband and business partner of Vivienne Westwood has died aged 64. He had been ill with cancer.

Dame Vivienne Westwood, his former partner, was one of the first to pay tribute to him today, said McLaren was "a very charismatic, special and talented person. When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful and I still do. The thought of him dead is really something very sad. We hadn't been in touch for a long time." (Telegraph)

In the 70s when they met, Vivienne was a primary school teacher and he dreamed of breaking into the world of rock ‘n’ roll. They opened a shop together on the Kings Road, and Malcolm demanded Vivienne design and make the clothes.

It was first called Let It Rock, later changed to Sex, then Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die, then Seditionaries and always sold the boldest designs. Vivienne and Malcolm drew inspiration from bikers as well as rubber fetish gear, which was genuinely shocking during the conservative 1970's. During this period, McLaren became manager Sex Pistols and styled the band in Westwood's dazzling, aggressive designs - the prototype for punk.

Dame Vivienne still owns the shop, which is now known as World's End, from which she sells her Anglomania label.

Joe Corre, co founder of Agent Provocateur and McLaren's son with Vivienne, said today: "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."

 - Naomi Attwood


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