Malcolm McLaren enough rope


Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, whose birthday is marked today (what would a Sid Vicious version of Happy Birthday sound like?). He shares his own embrace of failure in his interview with Andrew Denton (recording no longer available)…

“I was taught that to create anything, you had to believe in failure simply because you had to be prepared to go through any idea without any fear.  Failure, you learned, as I did in art school, to be a wonderful thing.  It allowed you to get up in the morning and take the pillow off your head.  What made punk rock so fantastic is that it was so absolutely true because it was wonderful to be able to sell something that was horrible.  It was this brilliant idea in which we made ugliness beautiful.”

But even commercial failure is embraced by the nihilistic Punk movement.  A comprehensive peak behind the scenes of a failure by John Otway is recounted in The Leadership Hub blog post “Leadership Lessons from a Punk Rock World Tour