April 9, 2010 Neville Godwin

RIP Malcolm McLaren

We’re very sad to hear the news of his death, aged 64 on the 8th April 2010.

The Sex Pistols are Malcolm’s main legacy, although after Punk had waned he also embraced many projects covering pop, opera and ambient music. All were original and in Malcolm’s way slightly ahead of the curve.

As much a part of the Pistols music was their image and Malcolm really knew how to surround himself with the right people.

As well as loving the music (Never Mind the Bollocks – was rereleased in heavy weight vinyl just over a year ago for you audiophiles out there) we’re also huge fans of the Punk aesthetic from Sniffin’ Glue to Jamie Reid who did all the graphics at the time. So much so we have a few of the 1997 silkscreen series around the place…

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Whether he saved the world from a prog based musical future is debatable with the likes of Roxy Music, Kraftwerk and Bowie in their prime but he certainly gave the whole scene a kick up the arse!

He by all accounts could be difficult to work with, Russ Meyer, one of the world’s most original and visually stunning directors, walked off the Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle set after directing for three days after ‘creative differences’

Well all we can say is thanks for the music Malcolm, EMI is currently belting out in the studio it still sounds amazing!

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