Joe Corré, scion of punk icons Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, has announced plans to burn his collection of punk memorabilia, estimated to be worth $7 million. He’s also soliciting other dissatisfied punks to join. The ceremonial pyre will take place on November 26 in London, marking the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK. McLaren, of course, managed the Sex Pistols, and is largely credited with their popularity.
Corré, who founded the lingerie label Agent Provocateur, is particularly unhappy with Punk London, a series of events celebrating the 4th decade of the anti-establishment movement. “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” he said in a press statement. “Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a fucking museum piece or a tribute act.”
p style=”font-size: 13.6px;”>”A general malaise has now set in amongst the British public,” he added. “People are feeling numb. And with numbness comes complacency. People don’t feel they have a voice anymore. The most dangerous thing is that they have stopped fighting for what they believe in. They have given up the chase. We need to explode all the shit once more.”