Meet Joe Corré, son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Yesterday, he burned $6M worth of punk memorabilia, including Sex Pistols recordings, clothing belonging to Westwood and Johnny Rotten, and a Sid Vicious doll. Why?
To protest the popularity of punk… On the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.” album.
“Welcome, to the great punk rock swindle,” said Corré. “A time when you can buy McDonald’s punky nuggets, an Anarchy in the U.K. credit card at 19% APR, punk rock car insurance and bondage trousers from Louis Vuitton.”
He went on to say the following:
“Some people are very concerned about the price of these artifacts, but a conversation that we need to have is about values. Punk provided an opportunity for the no future generation of the 1970s to create a way out of it. Not trusting the media, not trusting the politicians. Investigating the truth for yourself. DIY. Punk was never, never meant to be nostalgic, and you can’t learn how to be one at a Museum of London workshop. Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need. The illusion of an alternative choice. Conformity in another uniform. If you want to understand the potent values of punk, confront taboos, do not tolerate hypocrisy, investigate the truth for yourself.”
A lot of fans and spectators – including Johnny Rotten himself – disagree with Corré burning the memorabilia, saying that he should have donated it instead. “If you want to sell this stuff, who’s going to actually buy it?” Corré asked. “It’ll end up on some banker’s wall.”
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