P Diddy, Alan McGee, Boy George pay tribute to Malcolm McLaren

Jon McClure, Paul Epworth also honour the former Sex Pistols' manager

A host of bands an artists have paid tribute to the former Sex Pistols and New York Dolls manager Malcolm McLaren, who died yesterday (April 8), after battling cancer.

Musicians including P Diddy and Boy George, plus Florence And The Machine/ Bloc Party producer Paul Epworth have been paying tribute to him.

P Diddy declared that “music lost an icon today” after hearing news of his death, while Boy George wrote: “Punk will never die! Malcolm was a rogue, we had our dramas but he was a huge part of my life!”

Former Creation Records boos Alan McGee wrote in The Guardian that McLaren was “absolutely instrumental in creating punk rock and was the reason people like me, Bobby Gillespie and Noel Gallagher ever got into music.”

He added he had persuaded McLaren to briefly stand as Mayor Of London, before dropping out in favour of eventual winner Ken Livingstone, though “Malcolm genuinely thought he was going to win!”

The latest generation of artists also recognised his impact with Reverend And The Makers’ Jon McClure, declaring: “like when [John] Peel went I hope people stop to think about why our characters are decreasing yearly in the music biz. RIP McLaren“, while producer Paul Epworth hailed his influence beyond punk.

‘Duck Rock’ was one of my big rediscoveries of the last couple of years,” he explained. “What a groundbreaking record. It is better to be a flamboyant failure than a benign success… a fitting testament to someone who changed British pop at least twice?”

Meanhwile journalist and Goldblade frontman John Robb added: “Malcolm gave us sex, style and subversion and helped save my generation from boredom turning pop culture from monochrome to intense full colour.”

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