9 Apr 2010

Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren dies

8:01 pm on 9 April 2010

Malcolm McLaren, a British impresario best known for managing the punk band, the Sex Pistols, has died. He was 64.

McLaren died in a Swiss hospital on Thursday, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma, in October last year.

He set up a clothes shop and label with designer Vivienne Westwood on King's Road in London in the 1970s and was later a businessman and performer in his own right.

The BBC reports the store specialised in rubber and leather fetish gear and he and Westwood defined punk fashion.

Under McLaren's management, the Sex Pistols courted controversy. Their concerts faced difficulties with promoters and authorities and they were fired by both EMI and A&M records. The band broke up in January 1978.