Industry vet managed New York Dolls, Sex Pistols
stages with Communist iconography. He also witnessed the early spasms of the New York punk scene at shows by Patti Smith and Television at CBGBs. He subsequently returned to London, where he assembled a ramshackle group from the patrons at his Kings Road boutique, now rechristened Sex and dealing in bondage gear and other outrageous fashion. The group, the Sex Pistols, attained unprecedented notoriety during their brief three-year existence, and sparked the spread of punk in the U.K. and, later, the U.S. (Other habitués of McLaren’s shop who gained punk fame included Siouxsie Sious of Siouxsie and the Banshees and Adam Ant of Adam and the Ants.) McLaren famously engineered quickly jettisoned deals for the Pistols with EMI and A&M before the band landed at Richard Branson’s fledgling Virgin Records. McLaren managed the band through its dissolution in 1978; during the group’s last gasp, he enlisted notorious English train robber Ronnie Biggs to replace the dissident John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) as its lead singer. He told his version of the Pistols’ story in director Julian Temple’s 1980 feature “The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.” The Pistols successfully sued McLaren for rights to their catalog, which they now control; the band openly mocked their onetime manager in their own Temple-directed feature, “The Filth and the Fury” (2000). During the ’80s, McLaren recorded the albums “Duck Rock,” “Fans” and “Waltz Darling,” which drew on a diversity of musical influences – hip-hop, punk and classical music. His singles “Buffalo Gals” and “Double Dutch” were both significant U.K. hits. During the same period, he had a hand in the development of the punk-pop act Bow Wow Wow. Active over the years on British TV, McLaren also produced the 2006 feature “Fast Food Nation.” McLaren is survived by his longtime companion Young Kim and a son. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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