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Punk Legend Buried

Fans pay their respects to Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

  • 22/04/2010
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McLaren’s cortege started a journey to Highgate Cemetery at midday today (April 22) starting on Camden High Street in North London.

While initially sparse, around 200 people crowds started to gather around Camden Lock by 1pm with some people travelling from as far a field as Bradford and even San Francisco. Some were even singing songs by McLaren’s bands.

McLaren was taken in horse-drawn coffin with the phrase "Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die" painted on the side.

It was followed by an old style green London bus carrying mourners including his former partner Dame Vivienne Westwood, his son Joseph Corre, his stepson Ben Westwood, Sir Bob Geldof, Paul McGuinness and Adam Ant.

Following the procession a private funeral took place at Highgate Cemetery.

He’s one of those rare individuals that have actually made an impact on the cultural and social life of this country
John Savage

To commemorate McLaren’s death his family also asked people to observe a Minute Of Mayhem at 12pm, and play their favourite records as loudly as possible, which was observed  by Lauren Lavern during her show on 6 Music.

Fans and friends have been remembering McLaren and the lasting legacy of his work with The Pistols and his contribution to the cultural landscape.

“I always had time for him," said punk documentarian and 6 Music DJ Don Letts, "He always had an interesting and provocative spin on any subject on any subject, and was normally five years ahead of the game.

“He’ll be remembered as an enabler. He enabled young people to access counter-culture and sub-cultures generally. And let them know it does have continuity, and they can be part of it too.

John Savage, music journalist and punk historian gave his take on McLaren’s importance,

“Malcolm was a very important person to me and many members of my generation." He told the BBC. "He’s one of those rare individuals that have actually made an impact on the cultural and social life of this country."

Malcolm McLaren passed away on April 8 after a battle with cancer, aged 64.

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