Malcom McLaren's Son Burns $6 Million Worth Of Punk Memorabilia
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:17:09
The 40th anniversary of Sex Pistol's first single, "Anarchy in the UK" occurred over the weekend and to celebrate Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and punk designer Vivienne Westwood, burned $6 million of rare punk memorabilia outside Buckingham Palace. It has been reported that burned items included Sex Pistols recordings, clothing belonging to Westwood and Johnny Rotten, and a Sid Vicious doll with a swastika on it.
In an interview with The Guardian, Corre said that punk has become nothing more than, "McDonald's brand … owned by the state, establishment and corporations." He went on to explain about burning the memorabilia, "I think this is the right opportunity to say: you know what? Punk is dead. Stop conning a younger generation that it somehow has any currency to deal with the issues that they face or has any currency to create the way out of the issues that they face. It's not and it's time to think about something else."
John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, responded to Corre's demonstration saying he's a ""selfish f***ing lingerie expert" and suggesting that instead of burning the collection, he should've sold it and donated the proceeds to charity or bought guitars and given them to young people," reports Stereogum. Corre responded by saying, "I don't think he's had anything relevant to say for the past 10 or 20 years. The job of the state is now taken up by the charity sector. We have charities where people are earning £250,000 a year to sit on the board, these things are becoming corporations in their own right…Punk rock to me is not about music. I don't know what 28,000 guitars would really do."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff