Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten Leads Tribute to King of Punk Malcolm McLaren…3 Vintage Pistols VIDEOS


Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten Leads Tribute to King of Punk Malcolm McLaren…

ABC news
Apr 9, 2010

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon led tributes to the band’s former manager Malcolm McLaren, who has died from cancer at the age of 64.

McLaren died in a hospital in Switzerland following a fight against mesothelioma, a cancer that most commonly affects the lungs, his girlfriend Young Kim said.

Lydon paid tribute in a statement signed “Johnny Rotten”, which was his stage name when he performed with the band.

“For me, Malc was always entertaining and I hope you remember that,” he said.

“Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you.”

McLaren was a leading figure in the punk rock scene. As well as the Sex Pistols, the seminal British punk rock band of the 1970s, he managed other acts including the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow.

News reports said his remains would be flown back to his native London for burial in Highgate cemetery in the north of the capital.

McLaren was a former partner of British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, with whom he set up a boutique on King’s Road in London’s hip Chelsea district which they renamed Sex, selling fetish-inspired outfits.

Westwood, who said she had not been in touch with McLaren for a long time, remembered him as “a very charismatic, special and talented person”.

“When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful and I still do,” she told the Daily Mail newspaper.

McLaren, a one-time art school student, began to manage the Sex Pistols in 1975, bringing Lydon on board as frontman after spotting him in a torn Pink Floyd T-shirt and green hair.

The band released God Save The Queen in 1977, the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. Its provocative lyrics propelled it to the top of the pop charts despite the BBC banning it from its airwaves.

It was followed later in the year by the quartet’s only official studio album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.

The Sex Pistols embarked on a US tour in 1978, only to split up after a gig in San Francisco.

The band fell out with McLaren and he later lost a court case over royalties.

After his time with the Sex Pistols, McLaren continued to work on music, film and art.

Later projects included composing a theme tune for airline British Airways, BBC radio shows and last year he exhibited his art in Britain and the US.

He split his final years living between New York and Paris, according to his girlfriend.

The British press Friday remembered a man who, despite the controversy he stirred up when he first caught the public’s attention, had become a national institution.

The Times hailed him as the impresario responsible for “the punk movement that traumatised and thrilled 1970s Britain in equal measure”.

“King of punk is dead,” declared the Sun.


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  1. I WANT 2 LIKE EVERYTHIN’ ON EARTH….NEVER HATE ANYTHIN’..
    ABUSE ME, THATZ TOO I LIKE IT

    “’There’s nothing glorious in dying. Anyone can do it.’”

    Sex Pistols are an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. The band originally comprised vocalist Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock (later replaced by Sid Vicious).

    Although their initial career lasted only three years and produced only four singles and one studio album, the Sex Pistols have been described by the BBC as “the definitive English punk rock band.” The Pistols are widely credited with initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and creating the first generation gap within rock and roll.

    The Sex Pistols emerged as a response to what was perceived to be the “increasingly safe and bloated” progressive rock and manufactured pop music of the mid-1970s. The band created various controversies during their brief career which captivated Britain, but often eclipsed their music. Their shows and tours repeatedly faced difficulties from authorities, and public appearances often ended in disaster and riot. Their 1977 single, “God Save the Queen”, was widely regarded as an attack on the British monarchy and British nationalism.

    Rotten left the band in 1978, amid a turbulent tour of the United States; the remaining trio carried on for the remainder of the year with vocals provided by Jones, Edward Tudor-Pole and Ronnie Biggs but disbanded in early 1979. With Lydon, they reunited in 1996 for the “Filthy Lucre” tour and have staged subsequent reunion tours in 2002, 2003, and 2007. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the induction, calling the museum a “piss stain”.

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  2. wonder if they would have loved or hated this Japanese version of God save the queen from Puncolle Punk
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/puncolle-is-punk-moe-at-its-best/

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