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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am

Malcolm McLaren died this month at the age of 64 after battling a rare form of cancer. As the manager of punk pioneers the Sex Pistols, McLaren is credited with changing the landscape of 1970s youth culture, with the band outraging the British public with the release of the single God Save the Queen in the same week as the monarch's silver jubilee. On his deathbed in a Swiss clinic, McLaren's last words were, 'Free Leonard Peltier' ...

Peltier is an American activist and member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted and sentenced in 1977 to two consecutive life terms for the murder of two FBI agents. With a projected release date of 2040, his controversial conviction has resulted in numerous appeals. Among the many individuals and groups who have voiced support for Peltier are Nelson Mandela, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the European Parliament, the Dalai Lama and Reverend Jesse Jackson ...

The American civil rights activist is no stranger to controversy, having publicly apologised for calling Barack Obama a 'half-breed nigger' and saying he was 'sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust'. In 1992, Jackson was crowned Prince C?te Nana by Amon N'Douffou V, King of Krindjabo, in the Ivory Coast, inheriting the title from Michael Jackson ...

The late king of pop, who described his own voice as being 'like Minnie Mouse', was the first black artist to have a video shown on MTV. An avid reader, the entertainer was accused by a library of owing US$1 million in overdue fines. Attempts to mimic the entertainer's style have caused embarrassment to inebriated individuals worldwide, with the odd celebrity being caught in the act on YouTube, one of them being supermodel Kate Moss ...

In 2005, a British tabloid ran front-page pictures that seemed to show Moss snorting lines of a white powder that was presumed to be cocaine. Soon after, Moss lost contracts with several international companies including Chanel, Burberry and H&M. The company that has been credited for clearing the path for her lucrative comeback is luxury-lingerie line Agent Provocateur ...

After launching in 1994, the brand saw huge success and, by 1999, its website was getting 43 million hits a month. Co-founder Joe Corre earned recognition in 1997 for turning down the award of an MBE for his contribution to fashion in protest against the war in Iraq. 'There is this idea that you can't mix business and politics. And that's total crap. The two are intrinsically linked,' said Corre, who had perhaps been imbued with his rebellious spirit by his mother and father, the godparents of punk, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.


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