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R.I.P. – Malcolm McLaren 1946 – 2010 | Punk Pioneer + Original Agent Provocateur

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Punk pioneer, masterful marketer, fashion trailblazer, but perhaps the most accurate description of the late Malcolm McLaren, who passed away yesterday, is as an “agent provocateur”. Born on January 22nd, 1946 in London, McLaren, a dropout of several art schools, was fascinated on provocation and the defection on the status quo. After setting up the perennial galling retailer “Sex” with then partner McLaren went on to establish the basis for self-destructed band, The Sex Pistols, but not before a brief management stint with another punk legend, New York Dolls. Along with the decline of punk music, McLaren moved beyond it in the 1980s. Again, he set the opening stage for another then loosely defined musical genre, hip-hop, with his solo album Duck Rock in 1983.

Never far from his interest in music, McLaren continued to produce albums onto the 1990s, though none enjoyed the successes of Sex Pistols and Duck Rock. In recent year, an interest in the history of punk and hip-hops early days led to the re-kindling of his career. This resulted in many things, including collaboration with Supreme last year. Malcolm McLaren died of complication from cancer yesterday at age 64. He survived by his longtime companion, Young Kim, his son with Vivienne Westwood, Joseph Corré, the co-founder of lingerie label Agent Provocateur, his brother and a grandson. Above is a video interview done by Jake Davis in regard to the Supreme collaboration.