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Died On This Date (April 8, 2010) Malcolm McLaren / Managed The Sex Pistols & New York Dolls

Posted by themusicsover on April 8, 2010

Malcolm McLaren
January 22, 1946 – April 8, 2010

Malcolm McLaren was a trendsetting English fashion store proprietor who became internationally famous as the manager of the New York Dolls and Sex Pistols.   During the early ’70s, McLaren opened a clothing store on London’s trendy King’s Road.  In no time, it became a favorite destination for the area’s young rock crowd.  While making buying trips to New York, he met up with the New York Dolls and soon began creating their stage costumes.  He eventually took over management duties.  By the middle of the decade, McLaren was managing the Sex Pistols, initially due to their sense of outrageous fashion rather than their musical abilities.  The partnership would quickly evolve into what many credit as being the flash point of punk rock.  After the band’s disintegration, McLaren worked with Adam Ant and Bow Wow Wow.  He also had a moderately successful recording career of his own.  His “Buffalo Gals” and “Double Dutch” were hits in the UK and US.  McLaren continued to stay in the public eye, at least in the UK, well into the 2000s with various projects.  Malcolm McLaren died of cancer on April 8, 2010.  He was 64.

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