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Malcolm McLaren gets flamboyant send-off at funeral


McLaren fans say goodbye

Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols, has been given a flamboyant send-off at his funeral in north London.

His coffin, emblazoned with the slogan "too fast to live, too young to die", was carried on a horse-drawn carriage.

Mourners included his former partner, fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and Sir Bob Geldof.

McLaren, who died earlier this month aged 64, will later be buried at Highgate Cemetery in a private service.

'Minute of mayhem'

He had been suffering from a rare form of cancer and died in Switzerland.


His coffin was transported in a cortege taking in Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road, where fans and well-wishers gathered.

Beverley Gardener, 47, from Camden, went to Sex Pistols concerts in the late 1970s and said: "I just thought I'd come down to see him off.

"It's sad, but he was a beautiful man - the king of punk. That is all I can say about him.

"It was nice to just be around at that time, be part of it all. I grew up with it, I didn't know anything else," she added.

At midday, well-wishers were encouraged to participate in a "minute of mayhem" rather than the conventional minute's silence to mark McLaren's life.

Dame Vivienne Westwood
Dame Vivienne Westwood said she was "very sad" at McLaren's death

Dame Vivienne's son Ben, who spent much of his childhood with the architect of punk music, told Radio 5 live this could involve playing some music or "tying up your boss".

The slogan which was spray-painted on McLaren's coffin was the name of his shop on London's King's Road, until it became known as Sex.

A green double-decker bus with a destination of "Nowhere" was also parked outside the deconsecrated north London church, which was the starting point for the funeral procession.

'Cruel, cruel day'

Members of the funeral party travelled on the bus through Camden, which played Sid Vicious's version of My Way at high volume.

The back of the bus was draped with a banner which read "Malcolm was here 1946-2010".

Other attendees at the funeral included artist Tracey Emin, musician Adam Ant and Joseph Corre, his son by Dame Vivienne.

Adam Ant
Adam Ant was one of the many well-known figures at the funeral

The 200-strong gathering sang along to McLaren's version of the Max Bygraves song You Need Hands, and were encouraged to dance.

Dame Vivienne said: "I am very, very sad that unbelievably Malcolm is dead and I just wanted to say on this cruel, cruel day... get a life, do something with it."

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, whose tribute was read out by Joseph Corre, joked about a fall-out over royalties.

"Dear Malcolm, did you take the money with you? Is it in the coffin? Do you mind if I come back tomorrow and dig you up?

"I always had a soft spot for you. You showed me a lot when I was 17... and I owe you a lot for showing me a different side to life."

After the service, the Buzzcocks' Steve Diggle told the BBC it was "a very moving thing, very powerful".

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