E’ morto la mattina dell’8 aprile a New York dopo aver perso la solita battaglia contro il cancro. Malcolm McLaren aveva 64 anni. “He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated. He died in New York this morning. We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery”. Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren era nato vicino Londra il 22 gennaio 1946. Ma la sua storia è minuziosamente quanto definitivamente narrata da Jon Savage nel suo imprescindibile libro “Il Sogno Inglese” (“England’s Dreaming-The Sex Pistols And Punk Rock”). La leggenda del negozio Let It Rock in quella Kings Road che proprio Gina Birch delle Raincoats ricorda nella sua intervista che trovate in archivio. Coincidenze. Manager, agente, correlato non solo alla genesi dei Sex Pistols ma anche ad una parte della carriera glitter dei New York Dolls, senza dimenticare i Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant e i misconosciuti Jimmy The Hoover. Autore di alcuni non disprezzabilissimi album (occhio a ‘Buffalo Gals’) e di mille e una collaborazioni. Nel 1985 “avvicina” dei giovanissimi Red Hot Chili Peppers non rimanendo però in seguito colpito dalla loro proposta. E poi TV, qualche reality, produzione di film, di tutto un po’ fino al triste epilogo. Ma la storia McLaren l’aveva scritta sui marciapiedi di Kings Road. Una storia unica e indelebile.
John Lydon: “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”
Vivienne Westwood: “When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm. I thought he was beautiful and I still do. I thought he is a very charismatic, special and talented person. The thought of him dead is really something very sad”.
Sylvain Sylvain: “Me and Malcolm [McLaren] always stayed friends throughout the years. He always had a great sense of humour, he always had a smile on his face. He would cheer you up if you were down”.
Boy George: “R.I.P Malcolm McClaren. Punk will never die! Malcolm was a rogue, we had our Dramas but he was a huge part of my life!”
Paul Epworth: “oh my god Malcolm McLaren RIP. Duck Rock was one of my big rediscoveries of the last couple of years. What a groundbreaking record. It is better to be a flamboyant failure than a benign success” ..a fitting testament to someone who changed british pop at least twice?”