Situation Vacant: The Sex Pistols and Malcolm McLaren in London

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London breathed life into the Sex Pistols and their agent provocateur manager Malcolm McLaren.

Nurtured at addresses across the dirty old town - from art schools, dead-end schools, borstals, boutiques and nightclubs to pubs, squats and seedy Soho dives - the "quartet of spiky teenage misfits from the wrong end of various London roads" (as they were described in their first live review) were all born and bred in the capital, as was the fourth-generation Scottish/Jewish McLaren.

Forty-five years ago, in the spring of 1976, the Pistols and McLaren gained their first substantial national media coverage in the form of an explosive double-page spread in music weekly Sounds.

This guide celebrates the fact that we all got more than they bargained for: Punk Rock, a once-in-a-lifetime youth movement that engulfed the world but remains at its dark heart a London thing.

Meanwhile McLaren's London life, from arrest for burning the Stars & Stripes in Grosvenor Square in the mid-1960s to his inflammatory candidacy for Mayor of London in 2000, is charted with his own map showing how he used the city as a weapon of sex, style and subversion.

Paul Gorman is the author of 'The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren'.

Design and illustration by Ricardo Santos.
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Weight 0.102000
Author Paul, Gorman
Availability IP
Department London
Format Sheet map, folded
ISBN 9781838216719
Pages 1
Published 30/04/2021
Publisher Herb Lester Associates
Section London Travel Guides
Size Folded 149x212mm
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