The Godfather of Punk, The Pistols & 125th Street

by Reed Johnson and Geoff Boucher SOURCE Los Angeles Times / YouTube
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McLaren was a restless cultural entrepreneur and talent spotter whose ears were attuned to the discontented undercurrents, both in popular music and in British society, that gave rise to punk.

Malcolm McLaren, 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, and the uptown Pied-Piper of the Supreme Team, and British mouth piece for breakdancing and 'ghetto blasters.' Here is a rare interview caught for us by Jake Davis right before McClaren's death in 2010.