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22 January 1946, London, England. After a tempestuous childhood, during which he was reared by his eccentric grandmother Rose Corre Isaacs in Stoke Newington, McLaren spent the mid- to late 60s at various art colleges. In 1969 he became romantically involved with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and they subsequently had a son together, Joseph. Malcolm was fascinated by the work of the Internationale Situationist, a Marxist/Dadaist group which espoused its doctrines through sharp political slogans such as be reasonable - demand the impossible. Their use of staged situations, designed to gain the attention of and ultimately enlighten the proletariat, impressed McLaren, and would significantly influence his entrepreneurial career.
In 1971, McLaren opened the shop Let It Rock in Chelseas Kings Road, which catered for Teddy Boy fashions. Among the shops many visitors were several members of the New York...