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The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren

The Biography

Paul Gorman



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Little Brown
12 May 2020
Music; Biography: arts & entertainment
MALCOLM MCLAREN is the fascinating and definitive life of the controversial cultural iconoclast and visionary who overturned the worlds of art, design, fashion, film, media, music, politics and television in his ceaseless search for expression as a visual artist. With unparalleled access, MALCOLM MCLAREN will draw on a vast array of first-hand sources from within his inner circle, including family, friends and those who knew him best. Providing first-hand testimony about this complex, multi-faceted and often outrageous personality, contributors include family members, childhood friends, fellow students and art school teachers as well as his lovers, collaborators, fans and peers from Steven Spielberg (who employed McLaren as his Hollywood ideas guru and is providing the foreword), Quentin Tarantino, Marc Jacobs, Bella Freud, Greil Marcus and David Bailey to Richard Hell, Johnny Rotten, Boy George, Lauren Hutton, Chrissie Hynde and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
By:   Paul Gorman
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 56mm
Weight:   1.160kg
ISBN:   9781472121097
ISBN 10:   1472121090
Pages:   864
Publication Date:   12 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Gorman is a writer whose work has appeared in many of the world's leading publications. Gorman's previous books include The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture (2017), Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry (ed. 2105), Mr Freedom: Tommy Roberts - British Design Hero (2012), Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life & Work of Barney Bubbles (2008), Straight with Boy George (2005), Nine Lives with Goldie (2002) and The Look: Adventures In Rock & Pop Fashion (2001). Gorman first met Malcolm McLaren - who contributed the foreword to The Look - in 1975 and was last in contact with him a few weeks before his death in 2010. Gorman subsequently organized exhibitions and events about McLaren, including The Sound Of Fashion & The Look Of Music in Copenhagen and Art Into Pop: Let It Rock in Grenoble (both with Young Kim, 2015), Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges: Joining The Dots From The Situationist International To Malcolm McLaren in Southampton (with David Thorp, 2015) and Be Reasonable Demand The Impossible in London (with Caz Facey, 2015).

Reviews for The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography

McLaren gets the exhaustively forensic, sensitively balanced biography he's long deserved . . . vivid and thorough account . . . fascinating, everything recounted with nonjudgmental eloquence and impeccable research. A major work * Record Collector * Fascinating and detailed . . . a brave biography of an extraordinary, quasi-shamanistic maverick * Morning Star * A magnum opus on the often overlooked and much-maligned maverick . . . a hectic and inspiring tale where the only constant is that of style -- Ben Reardon * Vogue * Neither hagiography nor hatchet job, the book is curious, rigorous and . . . rarely dull -- Fiona Sturges * Guardian * A rounded portrait of this oft-misunderstood eccentric . . . without a hint of hagiography, the book mounts a strong case for McLaren's significance and enduring influence -- Paul Whitelaw * Big Issue * Fascinating new tome -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham * Daily Mail * Gorman dissects McLaren's subsequent adventures in hip-hop, detourned classical music and cinema in great detail -- Andrew Perry * Uncut * Gorman has an encyclopaedic knowledge of how music has intersected with style and design over the last 50 years . . . Gorman's book becomes most thrilling when it explores McLaren's less familiar post-punk work -- Mark C. O'Flaherty * Civilian Global * A far reaching psychological unravelling of one of the most fascinating British men of his era . . . Gorman's biography is a gorgeous work, filled with the kind of startling details fiction wouldn't dare invent . . . It is a book of great substance, depth and acuity, drawn with a sympathetic yet never overly reverential eye to the most brilliant pop cultural curator of them all -- Paul Flynn * Love magazine * Fascinating new insights into the public achievements and private life of this cultural icon and architect of punk . . . [Gorman] is such a consummate narrator that you are gripped throughout the entire book . . . an intriguing and insightful read * Louder Than War * Sex Pistols Svengali colourfully - and substantially - brought to life -- Andrew Perry * Mojo * Gobsmacker of a biography -- Helen Brown * Telegraph * An incredible new biography of this provocative figure, perfectly encapsulating McLaren's ability to identify emerging trends and position or inveigle himself in at exactly the right moment -- Edwin Heathcote * Financial Times * A mesmerising journey, from youthful idealism to shape-shifting, hit-and-miss adulthood -- Paul Tierney * The i * An inspirationally detailed new biography -- Andrew Perry * Q magazine * McLaren finally gets the sensitively balanced biography he deserves . . . Gorman serves him well, with frequently jaw-dropping forensic eloquence * Classic Rock * Exhaustive, definitive . . . epic -- Will Hodgkinson * The Times * The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren should be required reading in art schools (and on film and creative writing courses too): it is a reminder that revolutions don't arise from icy perfection, only from a habit of getting things wrong * Times Literary Supplement * Excellent . . . With this book, Gorman convincingly moves away from the ossified image of McLaren as a great rock'n'roll swindler, a morally bankrupt punk Mephistopheles, and closer towards his art-school roots, his love of ideas. Tiresome, unpleasant, even cruel - he was, this book underlines, never boring -- Victoria Segal * Sunday Times * Exhaustive . . . compelling -- Sean O'Hagan * Observer *

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