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IN PERSON | Be Reasonable Demand The Impossible - Malcolm McLaren's London Life

  • 09 Jun 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Fora, 33 Broadwick St, W1F 0DQ
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The London life of the late cultural provocateur Malcolm McLaren is the subject of BE REASONABLE DEMAND THE IMPOSSIBLE, an illustrated in-conversation between McLaren's biographer and map-maker Paul Gorman and the journalist and author Helen Barrett.


Best known as the architect of Punk and manager of the Sex Pistols, McLaren was a fourth-generation Scottish/Portuguese/Jewish Londoner who viewed the city as a playground for artistic expression, attending eight art schools across the capital, taking part in demonstrations and insurrectionary activities for which he was arrested and founding the groundbreaking series of subversive boutiques/creative hubs in the 1970s and 80s with his partner Vivienne Westwood in the King's Road and the West End.

Born in inner east London, McLaren lived and operated all over town from Hendon to Croydon and from Chelsea to Bloomsbury to Clapham, staging Soho exhibitions, making the acclaimed Channel 4 film The Ghosts of Oxford Street and even running for Mayor of London in 2000 on a Situationist/Merry Prankster ticket.

The in-conversation between Paul Gorman, author of the biography The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren and creator of the map Malcolm McLaren's London, and writer Helen Barrett  will include a selection of rarely seen images from throughout McLaren's London life.

Signed copies of the enhanced paperback 'The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren' and the maps 'Situation Vacant: Sex Pistols & Malcolm McLaren in London' will be available to event attendees.



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