The son of late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood will burn millions of dollars worth of memorabilia in protest of state-backed “40th Anniversary of Punk” celebrations planned in London, Crack reports.
In a statement, Joseph Corré said he plans to burn his entire collection — which he estimated is worth £5 million (approximately $7 million) — in London’s Camden district on November 26th to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ debut single, “Anarchy in the U.K.” He urged others to bring their own memorabilia to destroy as well.
Corré has taken particular umbrage with the corporate and state sponsorship of Punk.London, a year-long series of concerts, film screenings, talks and exhibits. Among its partners are the British Film Institute, the British Fashion Council, Live Nation, Universal Music, the Museum of London and the British Library. Punk.London has also received a £99,000 grant (approximately $140,000) from the National Lottery and the support of the mayor of London.
“The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” Corré said. “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.”
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Corré — who followed in his mother’s fashion footsteps and founded the lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur — went on to compare 2016 to 1976, saying the British public suffers from the same kind of “general malaise” that gave birth to punk.
“People are feeling numb,” he said. “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.”