Malcolm McLaren, the godfather of punk rock has died in Switzerland aged 64, from mesothelioma, a rare fom of cancer. He had been suffering from the disease “for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated” said his spokesman Les Molloy.
McLaren achieved notoriety as the sharp-witted, acid tongued, manager of the Sex Pistols. McLaren claimed in the film, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle that he master minded the entire road to fame of punk’s trail blazers. He was born in North London, and married Vivienne Westwood with whom he opened a clothes shop on the King’s Road called ‘Let it Rock’ later renamed SEX. He fought bitterly with Johnny Rotten over the rights to the ‘Sex Pistols’, name and the pair did not speak in the 10 years before McLaren’s death.