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The Life & Times of MALCOLM McLAREN
with Paul Gorman at the Century Club - Soho W1

Wednesday 29th April 2020
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

To mark the publication of his definitive biography The Life & Times Of Malcolm McLaren, author Paul Gorman will talk about the fourth-generation Londoner McLaren’s life in the capital and in particular his connections to Soho, which he first visited in the early 60s as an adventurous teen, haunting such coffee bars as Le Macabre, pioneering menswear outlets including Vince Man’s Shop and nightclubs such as Peter Rachman’s La Discotheque.

The illustrated talk will also cover McLaren’s penchant for Soho’s subterranean club culture of the 1970s - including such legendary nightspots as the Candy Box and Le Duce - and his decision to base himself in Shaftesbury Avenue during his stewardship of the Sex Pistols, his acquisition of their rehearsal space in Denmark Street and his later occupancy of number 25 Tin Pan Alley during the early 80s when he made the hit albums Duck Rock and Fans before leaving the city for a career as a Hollywood film producer.

Please note all ACI events have been postponed or are on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. We are getting in touch with ticket holders at the moment.

Paul Gorman
Paul Gorman is a journalist, author and commentator on visual culture. He has written several book on popular culture including 'The Story Of The Face', 'Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry', 'Mr Freedom: Tommy Roberts – British Design Hero', 'Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life & Work of Barney Bubbles', 'Straight with Boy George', 'Nine Lives with Goldie' and 'The Look: Adventures In Rock & Pop Fashion'.

Gorman first met Malcolm McLaren – who contributed the foreword to The Look - in 1975 and was last in contact with him a few weeks before his death in 2010. Gorman has subsequently organized several exhibitions and events about McLaren.


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