Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols manager in their 1970s heyday, died yesterday aged 64 after a long battle with cancer.Dame Vivienne Westwood, his former partner, said McLaren was “a very charismatic, special and talented person”.
“When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful and I still do.
“The thought of him dead is really something very sad. We hadn’t been in touch for a long time.”
Sylvain Sylvain, the bassist of the 70s punk band New York Dolls which was managed at one time by McLaren, said: “We had been pals all through the years after first meeting at a clothing trade show in 1971.
Him and Vivienne Westwood fell in love with us. He was really a sweet guy. I never saw the other side of him .But I guess you have to be a tough guy to make your way to the top in this scumbag business. Maybe he trod on a lot of toes.
Malcolm was instrumental in taking what was going in in New York and bringing it to the whole world. He went on and on and on. He was a huge influence on everyone who ever had a punk shop or a punk band from here to Beijing. He hit the jackpot. I’m just going to miss him so much.”