April 22nd, 2010
03:05 AM ET

Fans asked to honor McLaren with 'moment of mayhem'

Malcolm McLaren, best known for managing the Sex Pistols and for helping kick off the '70s punk revolution, will be buried Thursday in London.

So how is his family asking fans to pay their respects? By observing a "minute of mayhem."

A website run by McLaren's son, Joseph Corre, asked people to crank up their stereos at noon.

"In celebration of Malcolm's life we are asking people to observe a MINUTE OF MAYHEM at midday on 22nd April. Put on your favourite records and let it RIP!" said a message on Humanade.

Fans can also observe the funeral procession but the funeral will be closed to the public.

McLaren of cancer in Switzerland on April 8. He was 64.

The rakish McLaren was an art college graduate and clothing designer who opened a boutique, Let It Rock, with his partner, the designer Vivienne Westwood.

By the mid-'70s, he had renamed the boutique Sex and taken on a band called the Strand.

McLaren drafted in John Lydon - better known as Johnny Rotten - as lead singer after spotting him in a Pink Floyd T-shirt with the words "I hate" added to it.

The band was renamed the Sex Pistols.

The Sex Pistols' raucous public appearances and raging lyrics on songs like "Anarchy in the UK" and the sneering "God Save the Queen" - which became a hit despite the BBC's refusal to play it - made the band notorious on both sides of the Atlantic by 1977.

The Sex Pistols broke up in 1978 after one studio album, in large part because of a feud between McLaren and Rotten, who walked off stage at the end of the band's last show declaring, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

The band's surviving members have regrouped for periodic tours since 1996, but its official Web site still refers to McLaren as its "(mis)manager."

McLaren went on to assemble the pop act Bow Wow Wow and created a handful of well-reviewed albums, notably the mixed-genre works "Duck Rock" and "Fans."

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  1. Rob

    McLaren died of cancer in Switzerland on April 8. He was 64.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Murdock

    RIP. Paris a double-CD by Malcolm McLaren released in 1994 is timeless.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    McLaren just the whole thing of cancer in Switzerland on April 8. He was 64.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. TV

    WHO CARES!!!!! America you are not a celebrity, or a musician, or a movie maker, QUIT YOUR ROLE PLAYING... You need to wake up and read what is really going on in the country. This crap you are reading is to distract you... WAKE UP!!!!!!!! – Dem, Rep, Obama, Mccain, Clinton, Bush, Palin, Bachmann all from the same Family. They are paid off by by corporations that are "too big too fail" that are directly funded by the Federal Reserve which is simply a CORPORATION for the Private Bankers who insist on taxing us and raping our constitution so they can set up a New World Order or a One World Government... Just Google: NWO, New World Order, NWO Military Industrial Complex... You will see that they are NOT hiding this!!!! In fact, they want to stage another terror attack (like 9/11 and the OK city bombing) in order to cause social instability (or order) so they can continue their agenda... They want you to be scared... Clinton was responsible for WACO and he admitted it... Clinton admitted to FEMA camps... Clinton admitted that another Terror attack is likely to happen... Clinton is Obama is Bush.... Don't be scared america... keep fighting with the truth

    April 22, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |

    YOU ROCK 'TV'....thats what I call tellin' it like it is!

    April 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave the Wave

    I see that they've let one of the Looney Toons out of Toon Town. I'd say a little too much TV.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |