Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren (22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010) was a Jewish subcultural personality active in punk rock circles in the United Kingdom and the United States; especially during the 1970s and early 1980s. He was born in London and despite his very Scottish sounding name, his mother Emmy Isaacs was a Sephardic Jew. He is perhaps best known as manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, as well as for his relationship with Vivienne Westwood and their sadomasochist shop "SEX" on the King's Road.
While the primary objective of McLaren was to make money, he indulged various perversions and degeneracy as an attempt to "shock" the general public of the time. During the Cold War, he encouraged members of the New York Dolls to dress up as women and hold up banners with the hammer and sickle saying "Better Red than Dead" (much to the bemusement of its lead guitarist John Genzale). During his involvement with the Sex Pistols, they promoted concepts of "anarchy" – the vocalist of the group John Lydon ("Johnny Rotten"), would later place significant blame for the death of John Ritchie ("Sid Vicious") at 21 years old on McLaren, who encouraged his heroin abuse as "transgressive".