RIP Guy Who Created Punk Rock
Billy Bragg once said something to the effect of, a man who determines trousers has no business in rock-n-roll. He was talking about Malcolm McLaren--who died today--who worked in a haberdashery when he “discovered” John Lydon, changed his name to Johnny Rotten and created the Sex Pistols around him, subsequently creating punk rock. (That last part has been argued since the dawn of, well, punk rock and I don’t care to get into it.) Now I loves me some Billy Bragg but I couldn’t disagree more. Fashion and rock-n-roll go together like my boner and black girls’ butts. Okay, well unfortunately that never happens; bad example. But you get what I’m saying; and there is only about a million years of rock-n-roll to prove my point. And don’t even get me started on McLaren’s impact on art, culture and economics. I’m going to see the Public Image Ltd. reunion tour in Milwaukee at the end of the month. It will cost me forty-nine dollars and seventeen cents plus gas and ten hours roundtrip to finally see Johnny Rotten in real life. “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Let me get back to you on that. Either way, I’d just like to say: thank you, Malcolm.