Malcolm McLaren passed away Thursday 8 April in a Swiss hospital after a struggle with cancer. Here’s what the LA Times said “the London-born impresario whose cheeky intelligence, P.T. Barnum-esque flair for self-promotion and Dadaist sense of the artist as a wily agent-provocateur helped make him a godfather to the punk-rock and alternative music scenes of the late 1970s and early ’80s, including a raucous stint as manager of the iconic British punk band the Sex Pistols, has died. He was 64”.
For me, he was about 1989’s Waltz Darling album – house, vogue, camp, spoken word, classical sampling, William Orbit remixes, Justin Strauss remixes, Bootsy Collins, Lisa Marie….he’ll forever be Deep In Vogue. His death serves as a reminder that many of the artists who I consider influential and iconic are not getting any younger (nor am I) and a reminder to soak up and share their art while we can.