Joe Corre is burning £5 million worth of punk memorabilia at London’s Albert Embankment today (November 26), in protest of punk’s 40th anniversary. Corre, who is the son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, has stated that punk has become a brand, just like McDonalds.
Corre’s father Malcolm McLaren was one of the pioneers of the initial punk movement of the late 1970s. McLaren opened the Chelsea fashion store ‘SEX’ with his then girlfriend Vivienne Westwood in 1974. After a brief stint as an advisor for the New York Dolls, McLaren helped put together The Sex Pistols. McLaren is said to have had one of the biggest private collections of punk memorabilia in the world. This collection was passed on to his son Joe Corre, following McLaren’s death in 2010.
Corre first announced the idea of burning his collection earlier this year stating: “punk has become nothing more than a McDonald’s brand … owned by the state, establishment and corporations”.
“It’s time we threw it all on the fire and started again”
The collection is said to include clothing owned by Johnny Rotten, original pressings of Sex Pistols records and a valuable Sid Vicious doll featuring a swastika.
To let the public know that he isn’t bluffing, Corre has posted a video on YouTube in which he sets fire to an acetate of the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy In The UK’. The video has sparked outrage in the music community.
The ceremonial burning can be streamed live at: https://burnpunklondon.com/ from 15:30 GMT.
Soft Cell’s Marc Almond tweeted: I think burning the Punk Memorabilia was a stupid pointless and selfish thing just to make what? A silly point? Why? …….
…. Apart from having a cultural pop heritage value it could have been auctioned for charity cash and made a few old Punks happy.
Couldn’t agree more Marc.