Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, 64, passed away this morning in New York after a lengthy battle with cancer. McLaren began managing the New York Dolls in early ’70s, and by 1975, became the manager of the Sex Pistols. McLaren contributed to The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, a soundtrack album that was released under the Sex Pistol’s name. He did vocals for “You Need Hands” and a rendition of “God Save the Queen” in which he spoke about the invention of punk rock. He continued to write and release his own music throughout the ’90s. McLaren’s body will be transfered to England where he will be buried.
Johnny Rotten, former frontman of the Sex Pistols, commented, “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.” Sex Pistols guitarist, Steve Jones, also commented on the passing of a friend: “I was upset when I heard the news, as I’ve always had a soft spot for Malcolm. I knew him since I was 17 before the Pistols formed–I used to drive him around in Vivienne Westwood’s car to the tailors in London in the days of the ‘Let It Rock’ clothing store. Malcolm was definitely the Brian Epstein of punk—without him it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I stayed friends with him throughout the years despite some of our differences. He came on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ a couple of years ago, and that’s a good memory. But my fondest memory of Malcolm, and I loved the guy, was his birthday gift to me when I turned 21—he got me a hooker and some heroin.” Our deepest condolences to McLaren’s family, friends, and fans.