Singer and punk pioneer John Lydon has lashed out at Joe Corré—the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and acclaimed clothing designer Vivienne Westwood. Corré is gearing up to hold a ceremonial burning of punk memorabilia in Camden. The ceremony will see him torch his personal collection worth a huge £5 million.
Corré, who owns the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, is all set to bring the collection to ashes in London on November 26th; this will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK”.
Corré’s reasoning behind the planned burning is, in part, to protest at the establishment-sanctioned nature of Punk London, which will take place later this year.
Punk London is, unbelievably, backed by the Queen—this is despite the Sex Pistols singing “God save the Queen, she’s ain’t no human being“. In fact, the Queen has given the event her official blessing. Add to that, the British Library and the Museum of London have also backed the event. So, it seems that London’s cultural epicenter is behind the project too…
In response to the news of the memorabilia burning, Lydon told the newspaper The Metro: “If you’re going to destroy £5 million worth of anything, isn’t it better to sell it and give the money to charity? You selfish f—ing lingerie expert. Why don’t you burn your own bra?”
When it comes to London’s proposed punk celebrations, Lydon added: “It’s been marked by people who were insignificant to it when it was happening—people such as Boris Johnson. They didn’t have to go through it and endure it. They come along late and make comments about burning this, that, and the other.”
As for Corré’s view on the Year of Punk celebrations he said: “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard. Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a f—ing museum piece or a tribute act.
“A general malaise has now set in amongst the British public. 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 sh– once more.”
It sounds to us that if Lydon and Corré should meet anytime soon, it’s pretty certain there will be Anarchy in the UK.