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Malcolm McLaren, Sex Pistols manager and self-promoter of punk, dies at 64 [Updated]

April 8, 2010 |  1:25 pm


Malcolm McLaren, who helped introduce the world to the Sex Pistols as the punk band's manager, died Thursday, his manager told the Associated Press. McLaren, 64, had been battling cancer. He and his former girlfriend, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, also brought the punk look to the streets of London and around the globe.

McLaren got people to notice him, one way or the other. As Times pop music editor Randall Roberts notes at the Pop and Hiss blog, "When Johnny Rotten uttered the famous final words of the Pistols' career, 'Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?' he was directing his ire at McLaren."

A full obituary will appear later at

-- Claire Noland

Photo: During a 1978 news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Malcolm McLaren, manager of the British rock group the Sex Pistols, stands behind, from left, band member Steve Jones, actor James Jeter, band member Paul Cook and Great Train Robbery criminal Ronnie Biggs. Credit: Associated Press. [For the record, April 9, 11:35 a.m.: An earlier version of this post gave incorrect identifications for the people in the photo.]