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Malcolm McLaren

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Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, and McLaren

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Artforum, December 1984

MALCOLM McLAREN is a new sort of artist, your Barbarian Renaissance Man, the missing link between Leonardo and Conan. He has been the enfant terrible ...

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Malcolm McLaren (1989)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, 1989

The manager/artist/impresario bemoans the state of the music business today: the conservative corporate culture; the equally conservative artists; the inability to create new Gods; becoming an artists himself, and the manager as artist; his ambitions and predictions; how England hates artists, and his optimism for Europe.

File format: mp3; file size: 26.8meg, interview length: 27' 57" sound quality: *****

Malcolm McLaren on the New York Dolls (1997)

Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages audio, 1997

From meeting up in London, Paris and NYC, via the Red Guards debacle, to catching the clap in New Orleans, Malcolm McLaren tells all about his time with the New York Dolls

File format: mp3; file size: 56.9mb, interview length: 59' 19" sound quality: **

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Malcolm McLaren: Meet The Colonel Tom Parker of the Blank Generation

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 November 1976

MEET MALCOLM McLAREN. He runs a shop called "SEX". He manages a group called THE SEX PISTOLS. He sincerely believes that he and his band ...

A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 18 June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

The Great Pistols Movies Fiasco

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 29 July 1978


Rotten v. McLaren: No Winner

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 24 February 1979

AS JOHNNY Rotten savours his first victory in the Lydon-Glitterbest case, Public Image Ltd. prepare to record a second album with a new drummer, the ...

The Rise And Fall Of Malcolm McLaren Part One: Tin Pan Alley Meets An Idea Whose Time Has Come...

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 16 June 1979

The Man Who Sold The World ...

The Rise And Fall of Malcolm McLaren Part Two: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Go Riding...

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 23 June 1979

EARLY IN July, 1978, the office of Glitterbest Ltd. at 90/98 Shaftesbury Avenue, which is the centre of London's Theatreland, received the following letter. ...

The Rise And Fall Of Malcolm McLaren Part Three: Last Tango In Paris — 'Je Ne Regrette Rien...'

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 30 June 1979


Malcolm McLaren... the True Poison!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, The Face, May 1981

You're dealing with a very low level of creativity in the music business. The man who sits in his office marketing records is not a ...

Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Johnny Black, unpublished, February 1982

This is the full transcript of the interview, a small (1500-word) version of which appeared in Over 21 magazine in May 1982. ...

Malcolm McLaren: Innovation Or Exploitation?

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1982

Malcolm McLaren, the shaker and baker of British punk, turned the Sex Pistols into an epochal event, turned Adam Ant around and now plays Svengali ...

The Most Wanted Man In Pop: Trevor Horn

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, The Face, July 1982

"Why does pop music have to be so naff?" asks TREVOR HORN, whose production work for Dollar, ABC and Spandau Ballet is an unequivocal answer ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Man Who Ran Into Ideas

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 20 November 1982

"I'M AN artist, I am. I always was and I always will be." ...

Malcolm McLaren: Where The Buffalo Roam

Interview by Deanne Pearson, The Face, December 1982

• Svengali turned singer Malcolm McLaren has — canny as ever — recorded one of the debut singles of the year, 'Buffalo Gals', after months ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle: How Malcolm McLaren made cash from chaos

Profile by Steve Turner, The History of Rock, 1983

THERE IS A CERTAIN TYPE OF ROCK MANAGER whose clients become the means to express his own artistic vision: in the late Fifties, Larry Parnes ...

The New Adventures of Malcolm McLaren

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 6 January 1983

A MAN IN HIS thirties with a shrill voice and a big, daft hat is telling me how pop music can regain its lost purpose. ...

McLaren: Svengali or Superpro?

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 January 1983

SEVEN YEARS ago, boutique owner and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren propelled four hostile London youths on one of rock's most tumultuous chapters. As manager of ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Mud Club, London

Live Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 3 February 1983

ALL THE OLD dances are coming back, you know. ...

I See London

Report by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 30 March 1983

IF YOU'RE keen to witness a major cultural capital in hibernation, try being in London the week between Christmas and New Years. Just about everything ...

Malcolm McLaren: Proud Pirate of Punk

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, The Times, 27 May 1983

Malcolm McLaren was dismissed as a distasteful maverick when he managed the Sex Pistols, but there is more to him than an outrageous gift for ...

Malcolm Mclaren Eats Egg Salad

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Creem, June 1983

Other Pagan Rituals to Follow? ...

Malcolm McLaren: How The West Was Won

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, The Face, June 1983

An epic trek across the myth of Malcolm McLaren ...

Into Battle: Declaring War On The Pop State

Essay by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 8 September 1984

IAN PENMAN goes over the top, typewriter at the ready, and asks, Can one speak of the state of pop without protecting the interests of ...

Malcolm McLaren: Fans (Charisma)

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, 5 January 1985


Malcolm McLaren's New Wave

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 20 February 1985

From the man who created the Sex Pistols, an odyssey into electro-pop opera ...

Malcolm McLaren: Building Better Bandwagons

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, L.A. Weekly, 22 March 1985

Me on Malcolm: Just in case you’ve been on Pluto or in Fresno for the last eight years, Malcolm McLaren is news with a capital ...

Malcolm McLaren: Fans (Island)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, May 1985

MR. MCLAREN, you may recall, is the man who gave us the New York Dolls (USSR red leather incarnation), Adam and The Ants, Bow Wow ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Great Opera Swindle

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, June 1985

Malcolm McLaren Reveals His Grandmother's Role In The Sex Pistols And Hypes His Hip Hop Opera ...

Malcolm McLaren: Formula McLaren

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, 24 August 1985

Back from the land where crucifixes bang against bellies, Malcolm McLaren — punk progenitor and down to present that ill-fated Tube Special — pushes back ...

Lydon vs McLaren: The End of the Affair

Report by Jon Savage, Spin, April 1986

EARLY IN 1976, the Sex Pistols were a good idea trying to get started, gate-crashing other people's concerts — with instruments allegedly stolen from rich ...

Malcolm McLaren (1989) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 1989

This is a transcript of John's audio interview with Malcolm. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Malcolm McLaren: Pernicious? Moi?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, August 1989

IN THE "PIANO BAR" of a Mayfair hotel, portion of club sandwich in one hand, glass of fine red wine in the other, Malcolm McLaren ...

Larry Parnes: The past master in idol speculation

Obituary by David Toop, The Times, 7 August 1989

David Toop on how Larry Parnes, who died last week, invented the British pop music star as a result of a meeting in a coffee ...

Malcolm McLaren: Deep in Vogue

Profile by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, L.A. Weekly, 5 October 1989

Malcolm McLaren looses another musical mutant ...

Malcolm McLaren Presents The World Famous Supreme Team Show: Round The Outside! Round The Outside! (Virgin)

Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 12 January 1991

BETWEEN '76 and '84, all sorts of well-intentioned people used to credit Malcolm McLaren with suss, wit, subversive intelligence and the enviable ability to manipulate ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: Cure for Sanity; Malcolm McLaren: Round the Outside! Round the Outside!

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, 18 April 1991

EVER SINCE the Who and the Stones, if not the Revolutionary War, uppity British ironists have made a habit of "elevating" vulgar American pop crazes ...

The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Heartbreakers, The Buzzcocks: Destination Nowhere

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Twenty years ago this month, the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Heartbreakers and Buzzcocks embarked upon the Anarchy Tour. What followed more than lived up to ...

Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Bronx: On The Unlikely Origins Of The UK Hip Hop Movement

Retrospective by Greg Wilson,, 2003

THEY SAY THAT lightening doesn't strike twice, but where there's a rule there's always the exception. Case-in-point concerns that maverick maestro of musical mayhem, Mr ...

An Audience With… Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, September 2006

This month, you plus a handful of star names grill the self-styled "ultimate rascal" on who killed Sid, pissing on Richard Branson's carpet, and whether ...

Malcolm McLaren 1946-2010

Obituary by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 9 April 2010

THE IMPRESARIO and iconoclast Malcolm McLaren, who has died aged 64 from the cancer mesothelioma, was one of the pivotal, yet most divisive influences on ...

Malcolm McLaren 1946-2010

Obituary by Alex Ogg, Rock's Backpages, 12 April 2010

MALCOLM MCLAREN, who died on April 8 aged 64 after a protracted battle with cancer, was punk's self-mythologised circus barker. His custodianship of the musical ...

Interview: Trevor Horn

Interview by Simon Price, The Stool Pigeon, 2 February 2012

"That coldness; that precision": Simon Price meets the man who invented the '80s ...

Richard Russell: Rich Pickings

Interview by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, March 2018

As Richard Russell's collaborative album, Everything Is Recorded, is released, RC's Jamie Atkins meets him to talk about the recording and the music that led ...

I Was (Almost) a Teenage Sex Pistol: David Harrison

Book Excerpt by Paul Gorman, 'The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren' (Constable), April 2020

IN 1975, THE regular customers at Sex – the fetish boutique operated at 430 King’s Road by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood – included David ...

Paul Gorman: The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren

Book Review by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 6 April 2020

Huckster, visionary — or a bit of both? An exhaustive new biography chases down the elusive punk promoter  ...

Malcolm McLaren: Jewish manager as professional troublemaker

Retrospective by Gary Lucas, Please Kill Me!, 13 October 2020

A new doorstopper-sized (900+ pages) biography of Malcolm McLaren by Paul Gorman got musician Gary Lucas thinking about one part of the former Sex Pistol/Bow ...

see also Bow Wow Wow

see also Sex Pistols

see also World Famous Supreme Team, The


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