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The name Jordan conjures up one image, for most: the artist now known as Katie Price. An artificial re-engineering of our contemporary ideal of woman. For me, it conjures up another Jordan, whose artifice again helped reshape views of femininity, albeit in a very different way.

Adam Ant and Ants' bassist Andy Warren at the Marquee Club

Anarchy in the UK: The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 was also the year that punk hit

Photographer Simon Barker was there to capture it. Michael Bracewell opens his archive.

Album: Little Dragon, Ritual Union (Peacefrog)

The idea of setting the human against the robotic has provided electronic pop with a rich seam of inspiration ever since Yazoo. In recent years, few acts have carried it off with greater style than this Swedish-Japanese quartet.

Butterfly Shadow, By Lee Langley

Madame Butterfly's doomed story of a Nagasaki 'bride for hire' and her marriage to an American naval officer has, since Puccini's opera in 1904, reappeared in innumerable adaptive forms. Broadway produced Miss Saigon; Malcolm McLaren's eponymous chart hit gave it a pop makeover, and early film-makers even dared to create silent versions.

Letters: The final leaders' debate

Now for the final choice

Malcolm McLaren's send-off: They came in leather and studs to say goodbye

On Camden High Street in north London, the sunlight was glinting off a thousand body piercings in every imaginable size, shape and location. It was a swelteringly hot day to be standing, as hundreds were, in studded leathers and black knee-high boots waiting for the funeral cortège of the grandfather of punk.

Malcolm McLaren - music's rebel to the last

The architect of punk, Malcolm McLaren, remained a rebel to the last as mourners said farewell today to a soundtrack of Sid Vicious's My Way.

Rhiannon Harries: 'No matter who you are, design matters – even if you're a punk'

News coverage of Malcolm McLaren's death a week and a half ago featured an archive clip of an interview with the man behind the Sex Pistols in which he defined the punk movement as "anti-design, anti-fashion, anti-social, anti-establishment". From a man who sometimes claimed to have planned the demise as well as the ascent of the notorious band, an antipathy for design seems perhaps the least credible part of that manifesto. Nor is it possible to overlook the fact that McLaren's former partner, Vivienne Westwood, went on to become a figurehead of design in what is probably its most conspicuous form – clothing.

Geoff Hoon: It's not what McLaren did, but what he started

Rock'n'roll reinvents itself every generation. And to the leaders of the revolution comes musical immortality. Not least when the music is matched by harsh new attitudes, provoking and ultimately usurping the previous establishment.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (11/04/10)

Stands unopposed

Asbestos from his punk shop 'killed McLaren'

Partner Young Kim tells <i>The IoS</i> that Sex Pistols manager wanted to make Sex, his Kings Road design store, look as if a bomb had hit it &ndash; and family believes that caused mesothelioma 30 years on

How Punk Changed My Life

For some, the anarchic music scene defined by Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols was terrifying. For others it was an inspiration. They tell their stories to Rob Sharp

Malcolm McLaren: Agent provocateur of British punk and svengali of the Sex Pistols

Thirty-five years on from the first rumblings of punk in the UK, the pivotal role the Sex Pistols and their svengali Malcolm McLaren played in shaking up British society cannot be underestimated.

Music mourns godfather of punk Malcolm McLaren

Impresario who made the Sex Pistols infamous dies in Switzerland at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer

Malcolm McLaren: 'I'm most probably a missing link'

The Sex Pistols supremo who helped to revolutionise popular culture in the Seventies wants to be recognised as a serious artist
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End of the Aussie brain drain

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