Malcolm McLaren

The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren



The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren book by Paul Gorman

This Malcolm McLaren biography is likely to get a lot of attention from McLaren-heads when it comes out. Written by Paul Gorman, author of The Story of The Face, Mr Freedom and The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion, he knows his fashion onions and you can trust he will have done thorough research. (I didn’t realise he was still writing his most excellent blog, Paul Gorman Is…)

Back to Malcolm, The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren promises to be the definitive biography of the cross-cultural visionary whose influence looms larger than ever. With authorised input from family and friends, contributors include Steven Spielberg (McLaren was his Hollywood ideas guru – who knew?), Quentin Tarantino, Lauren Hutton, Chrissie Hynde and Vivienne Westwood.

Malcolm McLaren always came across as somewhat unknowable to me. His many stories seemed to contradict each other and although his creative genius is undisputed, he also had his fair share of detractors. That said, I’m a huge fan of his ideas and artistry and I could listen to one of those lengthy lectures for hours. I’m very much looking forward to the book when it comes out in April. Happy Birthday Malcolm…!

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Malcolm McLaren

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Vivienne Westwood documentary Lorna Tucker

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