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In quotes: Malcolm McLaren tributes

Malcolm McLaren pictured in 1977

Figures from the music world and friends remember former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who has died of cancer at the age of 64.

John Lydon

John Lydon made his name as anarchic lead singer of the Sex Pistols, and was better known as Johnny Rotten. He signed his written tribute to McLaren in that name.

"For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. "Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you."

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood was formerly McLaren's partner. The couple have a son, Joseph Corre. The pair opened the shop Sex together, which showcased her designs.

"When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful and I still do. The thought of him dead is really something very sad. We hadn't been in touch for a long time."


Joseph Corre, 42, is the son of Malcolm McClaren and Dame Vivienne Westwood and founded the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

"He was the original punk rocker and revolutionised the world. He's somebody I'm incredibly proud of. He's a real beacon of a man for people to look up to."


Jah Wobble - real name John Wardle - was the original bass player in John Lydon's band Public Image Limited, and had known McLaren during the height of the punk era.

"You can't deny he was very important. He was a very interesting character. He was a likeable rogue. Not without faults, but we all have our faults. But the faults made him better.

The fact that he wasn't actually a very good businessman made it more fun. He had a great sense of fun. His sense of humour was a great redeeming factor."

Julien Temple

Julien Temple directed Sex Pistols film The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle.

"Malcolm was an incredible catalyst. At that time to be in the room with him was just to be bombarded with energy.

He was an amazing teacher. Teachers are lucky to inspire one or two people in their class, but Malcolm really inspired generations across the world.

He was a phenomenal force to be reckoned with in the late 70s and early 80s."

Sylvain Sylvain

Sylvain Sylvain, a founding member of punk rock band the New York Dolls, says he first met McLaren in 1971. The band are planning to dedicate a song to him at their forthcoming London concert.

"Malcolm opened up the doors for punk music around the world. He was a visionary and took what was going on in New York City and made it global. He was a massive influence on everyone who ever had a punk shop or a punk band. His passing represents the final chapter in an era when music was exciting."


Music writer Jon Savage penned England's Dreaming, a history of the punk rock movement.

"Without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk. He's one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation.

I hope he'll be remembered with fondness. He was a complex character, a contradictory character. He could be very charming, he could be very cruel, but he mattered and he put something together that was extraordinary.

What he did with fashion and music was extraordinary. He was a revolutionary."


Commentator Tony Parsons wrote a tribute to Malcolm McLaren in The Mirror.

"Malcolm gave us our haircuts, our direction and even our clothes. He gave us our look and our swagger.

There was a destructive, mindless side to his nature.

The Sex Pistols could have been a great band had he not kicked out songwriter Glen Matlock and replaced him with the sub-moronic Vicious.

Such was life with Malcolm. It was usually controversial, and often wild. But it was never dull. I will miss him."


Neil Spencer was editor of music magazine the NME during the 1970s and the first person to review the Sex Pistols.

"Malcolm was a loveable rogue but he wasn't always loveable either. One of this things was to outrage people and he didn't care how he did it."

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