Malcolm McLaren

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Malcolm McLaren

English impresario, rock-artist, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in a creative way add

Category: Visual Arts

Born in 1946, deceased in 2010.

Countries: United Kingdom (44%), France (22%), United States (20%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, New York Dolls

Linked to: Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, Bonnefanten Museum, Croydon College




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Malcolm McLaren was born in 1946 add something


He proposed to reinvent the group by having them dress in neon surfer-punk clothing, and have them play really stripped-down, basic 1950s rock n' roll, with all of the emphasis on Kiedis add something


Following a series of jobs , he went on to attend several art colleges through the 1960s, being expelled from several before leaving education entirely in 1971 add something


Robin Scott - He grew up in the South London suburb of Croydon, and after leaving school enrolled at Croydon Art college, where he met Malcolm McLaren in the late 1960s


Born into a dysfunctional family, he became an art-college dropout and social rebel in the style of the Paris revolutionaries of 1968 add something


In 1968 McLaren had tried unsuccessfully to travel to Paris to take part in the demonstrations there add something


With his keen eye for trends, however, he realized that a new style was needed for the young rebels of the 1970s, and largely initiated the punk movement, to which he supplied fashions from the Chelsea boutique 'SEX' that he ran with his girlfriend Vivienne Westwood add something


In 1971, McLaren and his girlfriend, the designer Vivienne Westwood, opened a London clothing shop called Let It Rock, on Kings Road add something


Mr Freedom (fashion) - In May 1971, the lease was taken by Myles and became Paradise Garage, selling Americana, with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood selling 1950s rock and roll records from a backroom, before McLaren took over the shop in November 1971 and renamed it Let it Rock


McLaren travelled to New York City for a boutique fair in 1972, having already met the group the New York Dolls add something


In 1975, McLaren designed red patent leather costumes for the New York Dolls and used a Soviet-style hammer and sickle motif for their stage show, as a provocative means of promoting them add something


In April 1975, McLaren returned to Britain, by which time he had renamed the shop SEX, selling punk and S&M inspired clothing add something


Wally Nightingale - According to guitarist Steve Jones, Nightingale left the band in 1975 after Malcolm McLaren agreed to manage the band, but "


John Lydon - In 1975, Lydon was among a group of youths who regularly hung around Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's fetish clothing shop SEX


Jim French (photographer) - One illustration of French's, entitled 'Longhorns - Dance', achieved worldwide notoriety when it was appropriated by the late Sex Pistols manager and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren in 1975 as the basis for artwork for a T-shirt sold through Sex, the King's Road boutique McLaren operated with Vivienne Westwood


Punk rock - After a brief period unofficially managing the New York Dolls, Briton Malcolm McLaren returned to London in May 1975, inspired by the new scene he had witnessed at CBGB. The Kings Road clothing store he co-owned, recently renamed Sex, was building a reputation with its outrageous "anti-fashion"


By 1976, McLaren had started to manage The Strand, the band that later became the Sex Pistols add something


In December 1976, Sex was renamed "Seditionaries" add something


Andrew Logan - His studios were where Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood staged the notorious "Valentine's Ball" in 1976, at which the Sex Pistols first came to media attention


Chris Thomas (record producer) - In 1976, he was asked by Malcolm McLaren to produce the debut single by the Sex Pistols


In May 1977, the band released "God Save the Queen" during the week of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee add something


The band released their album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" in October 1977 and played their last UK gig before embarking upon a US tour in January 1978 add something


Russ Meyer - In 1977, Malcolm McLaren hired Meyer to direct a film starring The Sex Pistols


Palmolive (musician) - By 1978, tensions with other band members and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, led to Palmolive's departure, and though many of her songs appear on the group's 1979 debut LP, Palmolive had already moved on


McLaren was approached by Adam Ant to manage Adam and the Ants, following their debut album release in late 1979 add something


During the 1980s, McLaren attempted to make a film called "Fashion Beast", from a script by comic-book writer Alan Moore add something


In 1980 it was reopened under the name "World's End" add something


McLaren kept the Sex Pistols' contract rights until Lydon took him to court in the 1980s to win the rights and unpaid revenues from McLaren add something


Annabella Lwin - In 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren singing at the dry cleaning premises in North London where she worked part time


McLaren was later to manage Jimmy The Hoover, formed in 1982, who gained a support slot on a Bow Wow Wow tour add something


Trevor Horn - During 1982 and 1983, Horn worked with Malcolm McLaren and Anne Dudley, writing numerous worldwide hits including "Buffalo Gals", "Double Dutch", "Duck for the Oyster" and the "Duck Rock" album


He turned to electronic music and opera in the 1984 single "Madame Butterfly", based on the opera add something


The 'Flower Duet' theme, taken from the French opera "Lakmé" by Léo Delibes, had already been used by composer Howard Blake to accompany British Airways commercials since 1984 add something


McLaren took the project to New York City in 1986, and was for a time funded through NYC-based nightlife impresario and producer Robert Boykin add something


Lydon won and gained complete control from McLaren in 1987 add something


This was contracted and several drafts written, but the process slowed down with the physical deterioration of producer Boykin, who subsequently died in 1988 add something


However, from 1989 McLaren and Yanni further arranged the "Flower Duet" and it featured in BA's "World's favourite Airline" global advertising campaign of the 1980s and 1990s add something


In 1989, McLaren and composer Yanni arranged The Flower Duet into a work called "Aria" add something


Lisa Marie (actress) - In 1989 she appeared on Malcolm McLaren's song "Something's Jumpin' in Your Shirt" from his 1989 album "Waltz Darling"


The film was never made, but McLaren was involved with other film and television projects, including "The Ghosts of Oxford Street", made for Channel 4 in 1991 add something


In 1992, McLaren co-wrote the song "Carry On Columbus" for the feature film of the same name add something


In 1994, he recorded the concept album "Paris", with French artists such as Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Hardy add something


Amina Annabi - In 1994 Malcolm McLaren asked Amina to guest on his album, "Paris", along with Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Hardy


Sonia Rykiel - Rykiel collaborated with impresario and performer Malcolm McLaren on the song "Who the Hell is Sonia Rykiel-" on McLaren's 1995 album "Paris"


In 1997, Mariah Carey's "Honey" and "Honey " sample "Hey DJ" In 2002, Eminem released a track called "Without Me," which sampled McLaren's song, "Buffalo Gals" add something


In 1998, McLaren released "Buffalo Gals Back 2 Skool" , an album featuring hip hop artists like Rakim, KRS-One, De La Soul and producer Henri Scars Struck revisiting tracks from the original "Duck Rock" album add something


In 1999, a group called Dope Smugglaz had a UK top twenty hit with the track "Double Double Dutch," which made extensive use of samples from McLaren's original "Double Dutch" add something


In the 2000 film "The Filth and the Fury" the surviving members of the Sex Pistols put their version of events on film add something


Glen Matlock - In the 2000 documentary "The Filth and the Fury", the band members generally agree that there was tension between Matlock and Rotten, which Matlock suggests was exacerbated by Malcolm McLaren's attempts to pit the two men against each other


She moved in with him in 2002; they lived together in Paris and New York add something


In 2003, he wrote the article "8-Bit Punk" championing 8-bit music add something


McLaren had a 2005 exhibition of some autobiographical work at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe called "Casino of Authenticity and Karaoke" add something


He was accused of plagiarism for this song in 2005 for allegedly copying the work of a French musician, but was cleared of the charges in November 2005 when the court in Angers threw out the case add something


Renzo Rosso - In a unique letter dialogue between Malcolm McLaren and Martin Margiela, published by "The New York Times" in 2005, McLaren asked how it was working for the "tough, swaggering cowboy" Renzo Rosso


In 2006, McLaren presented the documentary series "Malcolm McLaren's Musical Map of London" for BBC Radio 2, followed in 2007 by "Malcolm McLaren's Life and Times in L.A." Also in 2007, McLaren competed in a reality TV show for ITV titled "The Baron", filmed in the small Scottish fishing village of Gardenstown add something


Carole Bienaime - Festival de Cannes - In 2006 she became shareholder of B Pop LLP, the production company of Malcolm McLaren, the same year Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater, a feature film based on the novel of Eric Schlosser, produced by Malcolm Maclaren and Jeremy Thomas was selected by Festival de Cannes to be part of the official competition


In 2007, McLaren's song "World's Famous" was sampled by R&B singer Amerie on the song "Some Like It" from her album "Because I Love It" add something


The series was due to be shown in August 2007, but was postponed owing to the death of fellow contestant actor Mike Reid shortly after filming was completed add something


Also in 2008, New York City public arts group Creative Time premiered nine pieces of Malcolm's 21-part sound painting series "Shallow" via MTV's massive HD screen in Times Square add something


It was eventually broadcast starting on 24 April 2008 add something


Rue du Mail - Collaborations with Linda Farrow and Malcolm McLaren followed, and, in 2009, the brand presented its 5th collection in the Rue du Mail atelier space

Malcolm McLaren died in 2010 add something


His funeral was held on 22 April 2010 at One Marylebone Church, central London add something


Mark Gatiss - In 2010 he portrayed Malcolm MacLaren in the BBC drama "Worried About The Boy" which focused on the life and career of Boy George, and appeared as Mycroft Holmes in the BBC drama "Sherlock", which he co-created with Steven Moffat


In 2011, the US performance art biennial festival Performa instituted "The Malcolm", an award for the most thought-provoking entry named after McLaren and designed by fashion design Marc Newsom add something


In May 2013 The Costume Institute of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "Punk: From Chaos To Couture" will include the section The Couturier Situationists dedicated to McLaren and Westwood add something


In a July 2013 interview Young Kim distanced herself from the headstone by describing it as "hideous add something


An exhibition about McLaren's engagement in fashion was held as part of the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair in August 2014 add something


McLaren's background in the visual arts as a student and practitioner was a major focus of the exhibition Art in Pop held at contemporary art gallery Le Magasin, the Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble, France, from October 2014 to February 2015 add something


Paul Gorman - In August 2014, Gorman co-curated an exhibition about Malcolm McLaren's engagement in fashion with Young Kim of the Malcolm McLaren Estate