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Thursday, April 08, 2010

RIP MALCOLM McLAREN


4 Comments:

At 9:40 pm, Blogger Pete Um said...

OK, for debate's sake, what is McLaren's greatest achievement? Trying to assess the legacy of a complicated individual/life/career...

 
At 10:17 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

A great re-cycler and observer - not sure what his own ideas ever were - but he used other peoples to interesting effect ... I actually quite like that Buffalo Girls period - but I guess it must be his management of the New York Dolls that is up for consideration ?

 
At 10:54 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

Yeah, I'm v. conflicted about McLaren myself, tbh, Pete...he was definitely a chancer who was not above exploiting the less fortunate and could be a bit of an arsehole too...but on the plus side, he was also a pretty sharp conceptualist in his prime (post-Pistols, I think, tho the remodeling of the NYDs in Soviet chic was a masterstroke too). Like The Farmer says: more an early adopter/reworker of other people's ideas than a true originator....'course, that wouldn't work these days in the internet era, when everyone is just one click away from the zeitgeist and genuine new ideas are pretty scarce on the ground....yeah, I really like the Buffalo Girls era too - an amazing explosion of influences/cross-pollination, but let's not forget Trevor Horn's role in that too.

Malcy could talk a good fight tho.

 
At 11:11 am, Blogger Pete Um said...

Yes I never really warmed to MM through what I've read about his dealings with bands or most of the music he's put out under his own name but I'm surprised at the amount of hostility towards him that his death has provoked, often by people who seem unaware of the breadth of his career. The McLaren/Lydon story is a fascinating one but it seems it's easier to buy into Lydon's version of MM's betrayal of him/the Pistols/punk/youth culture/the working-class or whatever. I think he was exploitative - some pretty dodgy things to do with Bow Wow Wow for instance, but that's almost missing the point. He was a conceptualist as you say Kek, and he made things happen. He drew connections between things and mixed things, people, ideas and styles across time and the globe etc. A lot of it I don't care for much, but you have to give the guy some kudos. I dunno, should read a few obituaries I guess...

 

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