Malcolm McLaren’s Funeral

The Guardian just put up some incredible shots of Malcolm McLaren’s funeral — I love his coffin!

The BBC has some details about the day’s events:

His coffin, emblazoned with the slogan “too fast to live, too young to die”, was carried on a horse-drawn carriage.

Mourners included his former partner, fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and Sir Bob Geldof. …

At midday, well-wishers were encouraged to participate in a “minute of mayhem” rather than the conventional minute’s silence to mark McLaren’s life.

Dame Vivienne’s son Ben, who spent much of his childhood with the architect of punk music, told Radio 5 live this could involve playing some music or “tying up your boss”.

The slogan which was spray-painted on McLaren’s coffin was the name of his shop on London’s King’s Road, until it became known as Sex.

A green double-decker bus with a destination of “Nowhere” was also parked outside the deconsecrated north London church, which was the starting point for the funeral procession.

A few weeks ago, the Telegraph had a piece on McLaren’s surprising last words. I learned about the political prisoner Leonard Peltier in college, so this struck me as incredibly poignant:

McLaren, 64, died in a Swiss hospital on Thursday, six months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. His son by Vivienne Westwood, Joe Corre, and Mr Corre’s half-brother, Ben Westwood, were at his bedside, along with his girlfriend, Young Kim.

Mr Corre said: “His last words were ‘Free Leonard Peltier’. Ben had a T-shirt with the slogan on and my father saw this and admired it. He was proud of Ben for this and he had a sense of humour to the end. He smiled.”

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