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Tributes to Malcolm McLaren

Source: Singapore Piano Shop Online   Published: 4/12/2010 12:26:14 AM   Clicked: 1630

New York Dolls will pay tribute at shows this month

Malcolm McLaren

New York Dolls frontman Sylvain Sylvain has told 6 Music the band will pay tribute at live shows to the Sex Pistols' former manager Malcolm Malcolm who died on Thursday, aged 64.

Pistols frontman John Lydon and McLaren's ex-wife, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood led the tributes yesterday.

Lydon signed his note using his band name Johnny Rotten: "For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that.

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

Dame Vivienne described him as a "very charismatic, special and talented person".

McLaren died in a Swiss hospital on Thursday, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma, last October.

McLaren and Dame Vivienne's son Joseph Corre said his father was "the original punk rocker" who "revolutionised the world".

"He's somebody I'm incredibly proud of. He's a real beacon of a man for people to look up to," he added.

"Without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk."

Journalist Jon Savage

Sylvain Sylvain confirmed New York Dolls will be paying tribute to McLaren at their London show on April 19th:

"We have to dedicate (to him) just for his great vision and inspiration to introduce this music to the whole world.

"I think we'll do Jet Boy. He was the Jet Boy with the personality crisis... god bless Malcolm and light a candle to him so he can shine like a star." 

The music industry has been vocal in its tributes, with Creation Records founder Alan McGee describing his late friend as a "visionary".

Sylvain agrees: "Malcolm wasn't out to shock, personally, but being in the clothing business and all that, you have to be a visionary. You have to be like five to ten years ahead of anybody else."

Music journalist Jon Savage said: "Without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk.

"He's one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation."

Savage, who wrote a definitive history of the Sex Pistols and punk, England's Dreaming, said McLaren was a "complex" and "contradictory" character who had influenced British culture in many ways.

"What he did with fashion and music was extraordinary. He was a revolutionary."

David Johansen, also from New York Dolls, said he was "a marvellous amalgam of exuberation, sensuality, culture and literacy".

"All of this was salted with the essential recognition of his own rascality. He was the perfect preservation against stuffiness and a lack of humanity. We are going to miss him terribly."

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