Malcolm McLaren dies aged 64

April 8, 2010

Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has died in Switzerland aged 64.

Malcolm McLaren will be remembered for the huge part he played in introducing punk to Britain and the shock-waves he created, not least with his publicity stunts, the most famous of all being when the Sex Pistols played “God Save The Queen” on a boat down the River Thames past the Houses of Parliament during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Police raided the boat and McLaren was arrested for the stunt which led to front-page news stories that cemented McLaren and the Sex Pistols in the minds of the British public.

God Save The Queen record sleeve

The iconic artwork for "God Save The Queen"

The fashion and music of punk opened many eyes and ears among the people of Britain and the world. Malcolm McLaren’s impact can not be understated as he tore down barriers and made an impact that   changed the face of Britain. In 1977 the song “God Save The Queen” was banned by the BBC but could be heard today on BBC Radio as fans nationwide made their thoughts known about one of Britian’s most controversial and influential cultural figures.

McLaren’s son Joseph Corre, the co-founder of lingerie shop Agent Provocateur, said his father was the “original punk rocker” and had “revolutionised the world”.

The fall-out and court battles between Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols are a huge story in the history of the band but today Johnny Lyndon, known as Johnny Rotten while in the Pistols, paid tribute with a public statement on his website which read:  “For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and i will miss him, and so should you”.

Brian Banks

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