Happy birthday to Malcolm McLaren. Born on this day in 1946. McLaren was a impresario, visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner. He is best known as a promoter and manager of bands such as the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. In August of 1973, Malcom McLaren visited New York to participate in the National Boutique Fair, where he met the "New York Dolls" and began to supply the band with stage wear, and eventually would become their tour manager. After managing the New York Dolls in the US, on their final tour before disbanding, McLaren managed the Sex Pistols. He found frontman Johnny Rotten, and put the band together. John Lydon used "hang out" at McLarens boutique, (as did Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.) I am more than certain, McLaren got the idea to start the "Punk" movement in the UK, after spending time with the New York Dolls and the New York Punk scene in general. In his later years, McLaren lived in Paris and New York City, and died of peritoneal mesothelioma in a Swiss hospital. "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols" is the only studio album by the Sex Pistols, released on October 28, 1977. At the time of its release, the band was already extremely controversial, having sworn on live TV, been fired from two record labels, and been banned from playing live in most parts of England. The album's title added to that controversy, with some people finding the word "bollocks" offensive. Many record stores refused to carry the album and some record charts refused to list the album, showing just a blank space instead. To be honest, when this LP first came out, I hated it, dismissed it, and tried not to pay attention. My closed minded Classic Rock Only," mindset prevented me from experiencing all kinds of music before turning 17. Eventually I came around though. The album is often considered one of the greatest albums of all time and one of the best punk albums ever recorded. #malcommclaren#sexpistols#nevermindthebollocksheresthesexpistols#sidvicious#johnnyrotten#godsavethequeen
If you enjoy creepy happenings, read on... The below account occurred in the east premises of Highgate Cemetery. I should also note that this cemetery is one of the oldest and largest in England.
Prior to the first photo being shot (upper-lefthand corner), I had been fruitlessly searching for the grave of Malcom McLaren (the man responsible for the creation of the Sex Pistols and various other English Punk endeavours). However, just as I had decided that I would simply cut my losses and head home, a black cat (which I had not seen prior) came around a derelict path to my right. The cat undeviatingly made its way up the embankment to me, took a direct look into my eyes, and proceeded to walk to my left.
I then subsequently followed my newfound companion for almost an hour through small, winding trails all the way to the opposite side of the cemetery. If I so much as stopped for a few seconds or paused, it would look straight at me until I returned to my position as follower.
As a slight rain started to fall, the cat and I reached the end of a tiny path, in which it went up to a headstone: McLaren’s. I was absolutely stunned. Furthermore, just as abruptly as my tour guide had appeared, he/she disappeared after our ‘arrival.’ Upon my exiting from the cemetery, I kept a watchful eye out for my former companion, but our paths did not cross again.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN - SEX PISTOLS - 1977 - This song was released during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The record’s lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song. The song is an attack on the treatment of working class people in England in the ‘70s by the UK Government. This song reached n.1 on the NME charts in the UK and made it to n.2 on the official UK Singles Chart as used by BBC. This led to accusations by some that the charts had been “fixed” to prevent the song from reaching n.1. #godsavethequeen#sexpistols#songoftheday#pernosound
Hoy estaría cumpliendo 72 años #MalcolmMcLaren, músico, mánager y productor británico.
Saltó a la fama por haber sido el agente de la banda #SexPistols. McLaren falleció el 8 de abril de 2010 a causa de un derrame cerebral causado por un tumor, enfermedad que hacía tiempo que padecía.