Figures from the early pUnKrOcK world and friends remember former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who has died of cancer at the age of 64 on Thursday April 8, 2010, in Switzerland.
Malcolm McLaren (1946 - 2010)
John Lydon: "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."
Vivienne Westwood: "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."
Jah Wobble: "You can't deny he was very important. He was a very interesting character. He was a likeable rogue. Not without faults, but we all have our faults. But the faults made him better. The fact that he wasn't actually a very good businessman made it more fun. He had a great sense of fun. His sense of humour was a great redeeming factor."
Julien Temple: "Malcolm was an incredible catalyst. At that time to be in the room with him was just to be bombarded with energy. He was an amazing teacher. Teachers are lucky to inspire one or two people in their class, but Malcolm really inspired generations across the world. He was a phenomenal force to be reckoned with in the late 70s and early 80s."
Sylvain Sylvain: "Malcolm opened up the doors for punk music around the world. He was a visionary and took what was going on in New York City and made it global. He was a massive influence on everyone who ever had a punk shop or a punk band. His passing represents the final chapter in an era when music was exciting."
Jon Savage: "Without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk. He's one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation. I hope he'll be remembered with fondness. He was a complex character, a contradictory character. He could be very charming, he could be very cruel, but he mattered and he put something together that was extraordinary. What he did with fashion and music was extraordinary. He was a revolutionary."
Tony Parsons: "Malcolm gave us our haircuts, our direction and even our clothes. He gave us our look and our swagger. There was a destructive, mindless side to his nature. The Sex Pistols could have been a great band had he not kicked out songwriter Glen Matlock and replaced him with the sub-moronic Vicious. Such was life with Malcolm. It was usually controversial, and often wild. But it was never dull. I will miss him."
Neil Spencer: "Malcolm was a loveable rogue but he wasn't always loveable either. One of this things was to outrage people and he didn't care how he did it."
Mick Jones: “Malcolm was a huge influence on The Clash and on everything I have done. I will miss him dearly."
John Robb: “Malcolm gave us sex, style and subversion and helped save my generation from boredom turning pop culture from monochrome to intense full colour."
Steve Jones: "I was upset when I heard the news, as I’ve always had a soft spot for Malcolm. I knew him since I was 17 before the Pistols formed - I used to drive him around in Vivienne Westwood’s car to the tailors in London in the days of the ‘Let It Rock’ clothing store. Malcolm was definitely the Brian Epstein of punk - without him it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I stayed friends with him throughout the years despite some of our differences. He came on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ a couple of years ago, and that’s a good memory. But my fondest memory of Malcolm, and I loved the guy, was his birthday gift to me when I turned 21 - he got me a hooker and some heroin."
(“I don’t really sing in the shower, but one song I’m currently singing a lot is We Love Malcolm. It was recorded by O Level in 1978, and the chorus goes ‘We Love Malcolm, if no-one else does.” (MALCOLM McLAREN, Mojo Magazine / October 2004)
The new STAR CLUB CD “Area Free” will be out on 21. April 2010. A week later the band present also a brandnew DVD from their last tour through Japan in 2009. It is called “Hello New Generation Tour Final”.
THE STAR CLUB - NEW CD & DVD
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