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29 February 2012







Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren (22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010 was an English performer and impresario. He was manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls. As a solo artist, McLaren had an innovative career that helped introduce hip hop to the United Kingdom.
In 1983, McLaren released Duck Rock, an album that, in collaboration with producer and co-writer Trevor Horn and The World's Famous Supreme Team (a duo of Hip-Hop radio disc jockeys from New York City – See Divine, The Mastermind and Just Allah, The Superstar – who then hosted a prominent Hip-Hop/classic R&B show on WHBI 105.9 FM and who were also among the first DJs to introduce the art of scratching to the world), mixed up influences from Africa and the Americas, including hip-hop. The album proved to be highly influential in bringing hip-hop to a wider audience in the UK. Two of the singles from the album ("Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch") became top-10 hits in the UK, with "Buffalo Gals" a minor hit in some major cities in the U.S. Duck Rock features clips of "The World's Famous Supreme Team Show" throughout the course of the album between songs, as well special vocal appearances from the duo themselves. He then turned to electronic music and opera in the 1984 single "Madame Butterfly", based on the opera. The track is arranged with drum machines, atmospheric synthesisers and spoken verses. It reached No.13 in the UK and No.16 in Australia. The producer of the single, Stephen Hague, became a much sought after producer in the techno pop genre following his work with McLaren on the following full length LP, Fans. McLaren met Korean American Young Kim at a party in Paris; she was his girlfriend for the last 12 years of his life. She moved in with him in 2002; they lived together in Paris and New York.  He was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in October 2009, and died of the disease on 8 April 2010 in a hospital in Switzerland. McLaren's last words were said to be "Free Leonard Peltier". His funeral was held on 22 April 2010 at One Marylebone Church, central London. Later that day he was buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London.

Malcolm McLaren

McLaren in October 2009.
Background information
Birth nameMalcolm Robert Andrew McLaren
Born22 January 1946
Stoke Newington, London, England
Died8 April 2010 (aged 64)Bellinzona, Ticino, Switzerland
GenresRockHip hopPunk rock,
Rock and rollNew Wave
OccupationsMusician, singer-songwriter, band manager, entrepreneur
Years active1971–2010
LabelsCharisma Records
Island/Atlantic Records
Epic/SME Records
Gee Street/Island/PolyGram Records
Virgin/EMI Records
Associated actsSex Pistols
New York Dolls
Bow Wow Wow
World-Famous Supreme Team
WebsiteOfficial site

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