Malcolm McLaren †
We are saddened to hear that Malcolm McLaren has died in New York, aged 64. The ex-partner of designer Vivienne Westwood also managed a number of other bands, including the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow before producing his own records including the much-sampled tracks Buffalo Gals and Double Dutch from the 1983 album Duck Rock. McLaren emerged from art school in London in the 1960s and with Westwood, set up Let It Rock - a fashion store specialising in rubber and leather fetish gear. It was later, infamously, renamed “Sex”. He went on to manage the Sex Pistols, who spearheaded the British punk rock scene. McLaren along with Westwood and graphic designer Jamie Reid were responsible for what is now thought of as the visual vernacular of punk music.