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Steve Jones issues statement on the death of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

This is the best statement a punk rocker could possibly issue regarding the death of a friend. We reprint Sex Pistol Steve Jones' paragraph on Malcolm McLaren in its entirety:

“I was upset when I heard the news, as I’ve always had a soft spot for Malcolm. I knew him since I was 17 before the Pistols formed -- I used to drive him around in Vivienne Westwood’s car to the tailors in London in the days of the ‘Let It Rock’ clothing store. Malcolm was definitely the Brian Epstein of punk — without him it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I stayed friends with him throughout the years despite some of our differences. He came on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ a couple of years ago, and that’s a good memory.  But my fondest memory of Malcolm, and I loved the guy, was his birthday gift to me when I turned 21 — he got me a hooker and some heroin.”

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I'm pleased to hear that a Pistol stayed tight with Malcolm. When we were making Malcolm McLaren - Not For Sale, about his potential candidacy for London mayor.. we were sort of warned to stay away from former Pistols, because they 'hated him.' In fact, the campaign song had the lyrics " we love Malcolm, cause no one else does!".. well, he was good to us and at I've always been sorry he didn't run for mayor of NYC. It was his idea to serve Guiness in the London libraries to keep them open...if he were in Bloomberg's shoes, he could have tried turning tap water into wine and making city might fun again. Please watch him at

For all his business acumen, Malcolm never picked up a guitar and wrote any music. It was John Lydon and Steve Jones who made the greatest album in the history of rock & roll. ('Sgt. Pepper' changed things at the time; 'Never Mind the Bollocks' changed things forever.) Hucksters come and go, (the ghost of Tom Parker crawled up Malcolm's nostrils), but the music was made by musicians not businessmen. "This is the story of Johnny Rotten...................."


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