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MALCOLM MCLAREN & SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONALISM

Remembering the punk rock godfather, my true idol: Malcolm McLaren. It's his birthday today.
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Remembering the punk rock godfather, the Teddy Boy sartorialist, the Situationist International combatant, the propagandist imperator, my true idol: Malcolm McLaren. He was born on this day in 1946.

Born in England, Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was notable for combining visual and performing art, music, as well as an impresario, clothes designer and boutique owner, in an inventive and provocative way. He is best known as a promoter and manager of bands the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols.

Malcolm McLaren with Sex Pistols | Pic: Express
Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood | Pic: Another Mag
McLaren wearing one of his legendary design, a smart student of Situationist International, shock value comes first | Pic: Lost In Supermarket

McLaren attended a number of British art colleges and adopted the stance of the social rebel in the style of French revolutionaries, Internationale Situationniste. McLaren realised that a new protest style was need for the 1970s, which he supplied fashion from the Chelsea boutique SEX, which he operated with girlfriend Vivienne Westwood. After a period advising the New York Dolls in the U.S., McLaren moved back to London and managed the Sex Pistols. The issue of a controversial record, God Save the Queen, satirising the Queen’s Jubilee in 1977, was typical of McLaren’s shock tactic.

Malcolm McLaren in front of SEX | Pic: Daily Mail

McLaren performed with acclaim as a solo artist, initially focusing on hip hop and world music and later diversifying into funk and disco. His first album, Duck Rock, spawned 2 top-10 singles: “Buffalo Gals” and “Double Dutch”.

Malcolm McLaren with his last partner before he passed away, Young Kim.

In his later years, he lived in Paris and New York City, and died of peritoneal mesothelioma in a Swiss hospital on 8 April 2010.

Read also CHAOS TO COUTURE: SAFETY PIN, PADLOCK, PUNK ROCK.

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Featured image via Vice.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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