Jewish Media Conspiracy Loses One

Malcolm McLaren: Oh Bollocks, I'm dead.

Malcolm McLaren: Oh Bollocks, I'm dead.

The New York Times reports:

Malcolm McLaren, an impresario, recording artist and fashion designer who as manager of the Sex Pistols played a decisive role in creating the British punk movement, died on Thursday in Switzerland. He was 64.

According to Wikipedia, McLaren’s father was Pete McLaren, and his mother was Emmy Isaacs. His father left when he was two and he was raised by his maternal grandmother, Rose Corre Isaacs, the formerly wealthy daughter of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish diamond dealers. When he was six, McLaren’s mother married Martin Levi, a London Shmatte merchant.

McLaren was always an enigmatic presence in pop culture, seen as a trailblazer by some and a savvy exploiter of other people’s creativity. He was a key figure in the evolution of Punk music, he helped popularize rap in the UK and dabbled in electronic music. In his obituary, the New York Times reported ““I’m much more of a magician than a musician,” he told The Globe and Mail of Toronto in 1985. “I steal other people’s songs and try to make them better.””

Whichever way he is viewed, puppet master, leech or innovator and forward thinker etc., his place in the annals of pop culture history is secure. As a commentator on Gawker put it, “Fuck You and R.I.P.”

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