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Malcolm McLaren, Former Sex Pistols Manager and Punk Renaissance Man, Dead at 64

4/8/10, 2:56 pm EST

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Malcolm McLaren, the former Sex Pistols manager who is credited with helping form the legendary U.K. punk band, has died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer. “He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated,” McLaren’s spokesman Les Molloy told The Independent. Molloy confirmed McLaren died in New York this morning; his body will be moved to London for burial in Highgate Cemetery. John Lydon said in a statement, “For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you.”

An icon of the punk movement that swept Great Britain in the mid-Seventies, McLaren got his start as a fashion designer who opened up a clothing shop with Vivienne Westwood called Let It Rock. While in New York City to start up a new boutique, he became the New York Dolls manager, a role he held until their breakup in 1976. After working with the Dolls and returning to London, McLaren wanted to start up his own band — the misfit group of punks would later be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Sex Pistols.

McLaren recruited three local kids who frequented his Kings Road boutique — now called “Sex” — Glenn Matlock, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, and dubbed them the “Sex Pistols.” He first tried out Jones on vocals, but soon found a more suitable provocateur. As Charles M. Young wrote in his 1977 RS Sex Pistols cover story, “One of the regulars at Sex was a kid named John Lydon, who was distinguished on three counts: 1) his face had the pallor of death; 2) he went around spitting on poseurs he passed on the street; and 3) he was the first to understand the democratic implications of punk — rather than pay ten pounds for an ugly T-shirt with holes in it, he took a Pink Floyd T-shirt, scratched holes in the eyes and wrote I HATE over the logo. McLaren stood him in front of the jukebox, had him mouth Alice Cooper’s ‘I’m Eighteen’ and declared him their new lead singer. Jones noticed the mung on Lydon’s never-brushed teeth, and christened him Johnny Rotten.”

Look back at the Sex Pistols’ career in photos.

McLaren amped up the new band’s notoriety with a stunt that featured the Pistols performing “God Save the Queen” on a barge during the same week of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. McLaren was arrested before the stunt was pulled off, but the single immediately topped the British charts. After releasing Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, the band embarked on a tour of the U.S. and ultimately split. For years, McLaren and Lydon fought over the Sex Pistols’ copyright and royalties in a rift that was never healed.

Later in his career, McLaren became a well-known musician in his own right. His 1983 hip-hop-flavored album Duck Rock produced the U.K. Top 10 singles “Buffalo Gals” and “Double Dutch.” A year later, McLaren also had a hit with “Madame Butterfly,” a song inspired the opera of the same name. McLaren’s “About Her,” a remix of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There,” was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 2. A punk renaissance man in the truest sense, McLaren was also an author, film producer and reality TV star.

For much more on McLaren and his time managing the Sex Pistols, check out the Rolling Stone stories below:

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Happy Birthday to my best friend ever; my partner in crime, the yin to my yang, the pot to my kettle, the ho to my heave ;), the Darth Vader to my Darth Inebrious, Dave (Pete) Prescott! I get to spank you 40 times today!

Love ya darlin' and can't wait to see you!
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Thank God A Clockwork Orange</> was on during the wee hours of the morning--had to get my horror show ultraviolent fix.
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Get out your magic decoder rings boys and girls! Hodads, gremmies, and human flies alike, cry 96 tears today in memory of one of the greatest showmen ever. One year ago today, Lux Interior made his astral ascension to the great beyond. In honor of this dual-cam, fully-loaded, Elvis-werewolf hybrid, I'm posting all my favorite Cramps tunes!

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I went back to the cemetery today to get a few more flowers to press and nearly fell to pieces. City workers cleared away all the flowers that were placed on her grave just yesterday. My older brother went by and saw the same thing. He went to city hall and tore them a new one. They were apologetic and promised to take it up with the City Manager first thing in the morning. All in all they are going to have to replace over $800 worth of flowers. I hope there is a special place in hell for the idiots that threw all her flowers in a dumpster. Mom's was not the only grave they did this to...


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Mom's funeral was today. The last few days have been the hardest of my life. Nothing feels real yet.

I'll probably have a good purge here later but now I'm just numb. I haven't slept in four days so I'm hoping my brain will shutdown tonight for awhile.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words over the last few days, it helps to know I have caring friends.
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My mom passed away this morning around 11 am. Dad, Gran and I were by her side...
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To think I hesitated going to this show due to being sick (again). I had a late start, but running at lightning speed, I once again felt like Luke Skywalker doing the trench run blazing up I-85 between the jersey walls and 18-wheelers. I pushed it a little close but thankfully made it in one piece to the Fox.

The good... )

The bad... )

The ugly... )

Yes, I am a music geek! The setlist is behind the cut )


Aug. 16th, 2009 10:52 pm
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I'm going to see Leonard Cohen in October! WHOOHOO!
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I've seen the Dell 'Lollipop' commercial ad nauseam and noticed the second Lollipop guy is coming up from below buckling his overalls--is it just me that thinks it looks like he was up to something naughty?
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I have a gift card for iTunes and I want something new and different, any suggestions?
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Not only did I have to go to a doctor in ATL that makes my skin crawl, I had the wonderful luck of breaking down on the connector before Edgewood and Freedom Pkwy just outside the tunnel. I have to say I was more than impressed with the ATL Rescue teams. They had me on the road in less than 20 minutes. The officer kept telling me that I'm far too beautiful to be stranded and he brought me out fresh cold bottled water while I waited. Those guys rocked!
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Are there any talented editors that can make the last part of this into an animated LJ icon? I really want the part at the end with the window and where Rod Serling fades in and out. Pretty please with rainbow sprinkles and extra frosting?

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I actually found this looking for supplements to help with migraines; it's called 5-HTP. I was surprised when I found it in the diet section of GNC. It's supposed to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines by 50% using 400 mg/day with full effects gained in a few months. It really worked controlling my appetite although I did learn the hard way to build up to 400 mg. I was pukey sick all night.

[livejournal.com profile] alicegotherfix, we may live a million miles apart, but we can still give each other moral support--you know, girl power and all that... ;)
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It seems I have nothing but time lately and I feel too miserable to leave my house so I've decided to start drawing again. I want to do a portrait but I can't decide who I want to start with, therefore, I'm opening the decision up to my FL...

[Poll #1430295]

EDIT: The votes lean toward Karloff and since I'm eager to get started that's who I'll go with first. Of all the choices I think it will be easiest to capture Karloff--his eyes are so distinctive it just seems like it will be less task.

This is the image I think I'm going with because it will look incredible if I ink it:

I didn't include Bela Lugosi but I found a beautiful picture of him I'll work with later:

RE-EDIT: Looks like Vincent Price took the prize in the end. Since I didn't start on Karloff yet I may make the switch to Price.
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For anyone interested, BBC2 is running a drama on the Pre-Raphealites. From the description in [livejournal.com profile] seekingophelia it seems as if it will be quite campy in its melodrama. In fact, it was described as like watching 'an extended boy-band video. I don't care, I'm up for it--the Pre-Raphealites were a bit over the top in real life anyway.

I've been having the strangest dreams lately. Last night's fare was unusual and hard to really verbalize so I'll do the best I can with it. There were amorphous creatures that lived underwater. When they ascended to land they took human (or humanoid) form. Their skin was a luminous metallic and glowed continuously. The glow would eventually fade as the creatures began to die, but they could go back into the water to replenish themselves. The underwater pieces are really hard to put into words. It's as if their bodies melted into the water in swirls of color. Pitch black with neon pink tentacles or blue-green with traces of orange on its lips and hair. Any time I dream of water it never fails that there are ghastly things below the surface; giant eels or sea-serpents...[[I had recurring nightmares about deep water monsters when I was a kid so the dreams still leave me a bit unsettled. To this day I still won't swim in murky waters.]] Darker creatures surfaced in dirty water beneath a railroad trestle. Anyone remember Wes Craven's People Under the Stairs? The ones rising from the dark water looked exactly like the boys under the stairs with white skin and black eyes. When I woke up this morning I felt like I was in a Lovecraft story.

Last but certainly not least, today is my Dad's 67th birthday! Happy birthday Dad! And best wishes for many, many more to come.
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Michael Biehn will be at D*C too! I need to stop scouring their web page. My money is already spent.


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