The frauds bit in particular. Why are they frauds? I don't feel I was miss-sold anything.Which part? The pistols and the Clash were both manufactured. That's not opinion it's fact. They were selling an image, they were essentially pop stars who happened to annoy some people
As for manufactured, what's wrong with 'managed'?
And if you think McLaren could have written NMTB, or Bernie Rhodes written, er, anything, then you haven't been keeping up.
Adam and the Ants mark 2 were also 'manufactured' (again by McLaren) but the music was all Adam and Marco.
There no special virtue in having no manager. Caravan had a couple and they just stole the band's money. Bowie and Belouis Some both manufactured their own images. So what? Even no image is an image. Everything in the arts is a choice. If you are a purist then you will stick to the totally raw, such as Kevin Coyne or Peter Hammill, but this leaves you with a rather narrow palate.
Incidentally I have always liked Billy Bragg, having seen him live in the early 80s. There is no need to start a culture war just because you don't like an artist.