Artists Remember Malcolm McLaren

Yesterday, Malcolm McLaren— the notorious former Sex Pistols/New York Dolls/Bow Wow Wow manager, recording artist, and self-promotional prankster genius– died of cancer in New York. He was 64. Over the course of the day, many artists have spoken out on his life and death, including a few people who worked with McLaren (and sometimes clashed with him publicly). We’ve collected some of those statements below.

Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd frontman John Lydon/Johnny Rotten: “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.”

New York Dolls frontman David Johansen: “Malcolm McLaren was such a marvelous amalgam of exuberation, sensuality, culture, and literacy. All of this was salted with the essential recognition of his own rascality. He was the perfect preservation against stuffiness and a lack of humanity. We are going to miss him terribly.”

New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain: “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.”

Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella Lwin: “Malcolm McLaren recognized something within me I didn‘t even know I was capable of. I don’t think I would have been the singer that I am today, if it hadn’t been for him, even long after I had an association with him on a professional level. I’m so grateful to have known somebody like him… A lot of people will definitely be feeling the loss of this genius. Because he was a genius. He saw such great potential in people. He just went all these different directions. You can’t really say any less than that: The guy was a genius.”

Fashion designer and former business partner Dame Vivienne Westwood: “When we were young I fell in love with Malcolm. I thought he was beautiful and I still do. I thought he is a very charismatic, special and talented person. The thought of him dead is really something very sad.”

Gorillaz: “Malcolm McLaren. From The New York Dolls, The Pistols fall out, Duck Rock, Madame Butterfly n’ more…Tricky but never dull. Missed. R.I.P.”

No Age: “New York Dolls, SEX, Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow, Duck Rock and Double Dutch… A serious business man and legend passed… What a hustler, much respect MM!”

Creation Records founder Alan McGee: “Without Malcolm McLaren, I’d have never even have got out of Glasgow. He was absolutely instrumental in creating punk rock and was the reason people like me, Bobby Gillespie and Noel Gallagher ever got into music. When I managed the Jesus and Mary Chain I lived out my Malcolm McLaren infatuation. Everything I did was 100% based on The Great Rock’n’roll Swindle, such as selling Warners the publishing without them hearing the record. He was a true situationist and I loved it.”

Diddy: “Malcolm McLaren RIP-music lost an icon today.”