News He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

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.

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

Jon Savage: How punk bridged the class divide

Today’s society can learn from the protest movement fronted by Malcolm McLaren

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

Andy Gill: Drab world of pop needs McLaren's brand of anarchy

It is hard, if not impossible, to think of another pop-manager-entrepreneur whose passing would leave as much of a void as Malcolm McLaren's. Most music management people are first and foremost hard-headed types with their eye always fixed upon the bottom line, and whose interest in their charges is in strict relation to their own percentage interest in the product.

Sex sells: The girl band that changed pop forever

Under-age, under-dressed, and over-the-top, The Runaways were the first girl rock group to make a global impact. Now their story is a movie. Chris Salewicz recalls his times with Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and their band

Public Image ltd, 02 Academy, Birmingham

The sneering "'ello-'ello-'ello!" that began the song "Public Image" and the band Public Image Ltd in 1978 reintroduces both as, for the first time in 17 years, John Lydon fronts the band with which he followed the Sex Pistols. Then his trousers nearly fall down. "All that butter," he moans, not missing a beat, "and I've still lost weight... "

John Lydon: 'I'm not a leader, bully or dictator'

Agitator, innovator, naturist: more than thirty years after crashing into the public sphere, John Lydon is still as hard to define as ever

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

The XXX Factor: An uncensored history of swearing on TV

The BBC is tightening up on bad language. But does public profanity actually have the power to shock any more? Peter Silverton replays the moments the airwaves went blue

Dairy Crest joins rush to close final salary pensions

Dairy Crest today became the latest company to close its final salary pension scheme to existing members.

Former Sex Pistol reforms Public Image Ltd

Punk star John Lydon is re-forming his influential band Public Image Ltd for the first time in 17 years, he announced today.

Siddle: 'They call me Sid Vicious. I'm best when I charge in'

A champion woodchopper whose hero is Merv Hughes, Peter Siddle is the country boy determined to become the scourge of England's batsmen

Tam Paton: Disgraced former manager of the Bay City Rollers

Behind the fun-filled, facile, fluffy, occasionally inspired, sing-along hits – "Keep On Dancing", "Remember (Sha-La-La)", "Shang-A-Lang", "Bye Bye Baby" – the Bay City Rollers scored in the 1970s lurked the controversial figure of their controlling manager, Tam Paton. A self-styled svengali, with none of Brian Epstein's class, nor the swagger of the Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Paton was a bandleader with an eye for the main chance. And, it would later transpire, a penchant for teenage boys.

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