Clever, cynical and camply calculating, he put together the nihilistic explosion which was the Sex Pistols.
As well as creating the band, he manufactured the outrage which made them famous.
Described by the band’s lead singer, Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon as ‘the most evil person on earth’, McLaren would admit to being a deeply dysfunctional man. (…)
McLaren had met Miss Westwood in a squat. She was a primary school teacher who was running away from her husband and already had a child in tow. He was an art student.
He got her pregnant when he was only 18 and pleaded with her to have an abortion. But Miss Westwood spent the money that his grandmother had provided for the operation on ‘a cashmere twin-set’ from Bond Street.