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Malcolm McLaren (born January 22, 1946) is an impresario and self-publicist who was the manager of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, having discovered them (ca. 1975) while managing the SEX clothes shop with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood in London's Kings Road. Prior to this, he managed the New York Dolls.
In New York City in the mid-1970s, McLaren was managing the New York Dolls, whose style was a hybrid between garage rock and glam, when he saw the Neon Boys perform. The Neon Boys included Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell, who went on to form Television. Hell's torn clothing, studded dog collars and leather jackets appealed to Maclaren as much as his dissolute attitude and indifference toward playing the bass guitar. According to Hell, Maclaren approached him and Verlaine about being their manager, but they were not interested. When MacLaren returned to London in 1975, he offered Hell's image the Sex Pistols.
McLaren later released some work under his own name, most notably an album Duck Rock (1983), which drew on musical styles from North America and South Africa, among others. The tracks "Buffalo Girls" and "Double Dutch" became chart hits in the UK.
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