McLaren was born into a working class family in London’s Stoke Newington section, and after attending art college he went into business and opened a clothing store called Let It Rock in 1971. McLaren later renamed the store Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die. McLaren began making stage clothes for the New York Dolls and eventually worked his way into being the manager for the New York Dolls.
McLaren met Johnny “Rotten” Lydon, sporting and recruited him to join a band he was managed by McLaren called the Strand. This band later changed its name to the Sex Pistols. As the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten and McLaren launched Britain’s punk music scene with its 1977 hit “God Save the Queen.”
After the Sex Pistols split up in 1978, McLaren formed the group Bow Wow Wow. Legal issues clouded McLaren’s relationship with the former members of the Sex Pistols, as they sued him for back royalties from the days when he managed the band.
Malcolm McLaren, Former Sex Pistols Manager, Dies—Billboard.com
David Johansen on Malcolm McLaren: ‘He was the perfect antidote for stuffiness—Entertainment Weekly