Constable has bought a biography of Malcolm McLaren by Paul Gorman.
Publishing director Andreas Campomar bought world rights to the book from Margaret Hanbury at The Hanbury Agency.
The book will chart McLaren’s upbringing and experiences as an art school student in London, his opening with Vivienne Westwood of fashion boutiques in the 1970s and 1980s, and his management of musicians including the Sex Pistols, Adam Ant, and Boy George, and his emergence as a visual artist in the 21st century.
McLaren died in 2010 at the age of 64. He had been suffering from cancer.
Campomar said: “This will be the authorised life of the late cultural iconoclast and visionary who overturned the worlds of art, design, fashion, film, media, music, politics and television in his ceaseless search for expression as a visual artist.
“Paul is the ideal biographer to write what will be the authoritative book on this great British eccentric, the likes of whom we won’t see again. He has a wealth of unpublished material, including transcripts of his conversations with McLaren and exclusive access to the McLaren estate archive.”
Gorman said: “Malcolm McLaren was a thinker, writer, activist and lover. He brought us many things: world music, hip hop, fetish attire, fashion as art, retail outlets as installations, clothing as provocation, the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, Adam Ant – the whole bloody lot.
“My book will show McLaren as the ultimate internationalist, cultural provocateur and one of the most important figures of modern times.”
Constable will publish Malcolm McLaren: The Biography in 2016.