London crowds say farewell to punk pioneer McLaren

Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:17pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people lined the streets of north London Thursday to say farewell to punk pioneer and former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who died earlier this month of cancer aged 64.

His horse-drawn coffin was painted with the words "too fast to live, too young to die," and Sex Pistol Sid Vicious' version of "My Way" blared from a green double decker bus which was part of the sun-kissed funeral cortege.

On the front of the bus was written "Nowhere," and on the side "Cash From Chaos," one of McLaren's famous sayings.

The procession was heading for Highgate Cemetery where McLaren was to be buried in a private ceremony.

There he will be laid to rest with the likes of Douglas Adams, creator of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and Karl Marx.

Fashion designer and McLaren's former partner Vivienne Westwood was among the mourners, sporting a headband with the word "chaos." She was joined by Adam Ant and Bob Geldof.

Ben Westwood, whose mother Vivienne had a relationship and a child with McLaren, said the flamboyant music producer was far from the perfect father figure in his early childhood, while understanding that McLaren was only 19 at the time.

"When I was younger he got in between me and my mum and he didn't want me around," Westwood told Reuters.   Continued...

<p>The funeral cortege for Malcolm McLaren passes through Camden, in north London April 22, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>