Sex Pistols Manager Dead

Malcolm McLaren helped launch punk rock
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2010 5:04 PM CDT

British music personality Malcolm McClaren, who managed the Sex Pistols and helped define the '70s punk rock movement, has died of cancer at age 64. In the mid-'70s, McLaren was running a clothing boutique, which he'd renamed from "Let It Rock" to "Sex," when he became aware of a band called the Strand. He renamed it The Sex Pistols after becoming its manager.

McLaren was the mind behind many of the band's stunts—like when it played on a boat on the Thames for the "enjoyment" of Parliament. That, along with their raw, in-your-face sound and lyrics, catapulted the band to the forefront of a rock revolution. McLaren also managed Bow Wow Wow and the New York Dolls, CNN reports. (More punk rock stories.)

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