Malcolm McLaren, punk impresario and artist, dead at age 64

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According to the obituary in the NY Times the artist and provocateur of punk died of mesothelioma in Switzerland where he was being treated for the cancer.  McLaren was in Philadelphia last summer to prepare for his show of videos at PAFA.  I interviewed him in August and found him to be a mesmerizing raconteur of stories about his past as an artist, designer and music maker. He talked like the energizer bunny–unstoppable flow of words in monologues so fun and interesting  I could have listened all day.  It’s sad he’s gone.

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