Thursday, April 08, 2010

Malcolm McLaren: He did it his #&@%ing way!

Lisa Derrick wrote at one of the superb FireDogLake blogs "La Figa" this brief obit for one of the biggest influences in the history of punk rock:

Last night PIL played on Jimmy Kimmel. Today, the New York Times announced that Malcom McLaren, the man behind the Sex Pistols–and Adam & the Ants and BowWowWow–has died of mesothelioma at a hospital in Switzerland. He was 64.

McLaren had managed the New York Dolls as that great glam band fell apart, and on his return to London, where he and his girl friend at the time Vivienne Westwood ran a clothing shop called Sex, the budding impressario put together the Sex Pistols.

Boom! Punk rock! The world changed for millions of us. Goodbye Malcolm. And thank you.


tessa said...

SEX (the shop) was a great store. I stopped in every time I would go to London and still have a smashing raincoat from there, made out of black shower curtain fabric.

When I brought back the first Sex Pistols 45s people just absolutely hated them.

When I played PIL years later, people hated them.

Thank you Malcolm.
You old sod.

Greg Smith said...

Tessa, have I found a point on which we can agree?

The Ramones were/are one of the greatest bands of our lifetime:

IMO, Rancid is the best British Punk band with some of the Clash's less commercial works not far behind.

If Bob would post something about Reggae, I'll see if we can't agree on the Bob Marley/Steel Pulse debate.