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Sex Pistols, New York dolls manager Malcolm McLaren dead at 64



MalcolmMclarenAP_228x350 It's hard to really conceive of a more unique creature in the music scene of the '70s and '80s than Malcolm McLaren, who died Thursday at age 64.

Some people will remember him best as the manager of the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls. He once famously claimed to be the "inventor" of punk rock. (Well, he at least mastered the promotion of it.) Others covet his solo music career in the '80s, including his mighty Duck Rock album.

In the late '80s, McLaren -- always looking for the next big thing -- got into music arranging for advertising. The catchy British Airways ditty off the '80s and ''90s? That was McLaren too.

The exact location of McLaren's death is still being debated. An earlier report had him in New York. Another report says he was in Switzerland. The cause of death is believed to be cancer.

His official Web site today only has the strangely prophetic message: "Malcolm will return shortly."

Oddly enough, I don't doubt that.

Click here for more on his wild life and career from the New York Times.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:57pm]


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