Millions of Dollars in Punk Memorabilia to be Burned in London
Joseph Corré, the son of late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, has vowed to burn millions, upon millions of dollars worth of punk rock memorabilia in protest of England’s year-long Punk.London celebration -an event that’ll pay tribute to punk rock’s 40 years of existence.
Corré, who was likely left a ton of memorabilia from his father, plans to take his personal collection – worth approximately $7 million – and set it ablaze within London’s Camden district on November 26. This date is significant, as it’ll mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ debut single, “Anarchy in the UK.” Corré has also reportedly encouraged others to destroy their memorabilia on that day as well.
Corré is said to be upset that the state is green-lighting Punk.London and that corporate entities like the British Film Institute, Live Nation and Universal Music are all involved. Corré is also unhappy about the $140,000 in grant money the event has been provided by the National Lottery and the fact that London’s mayor is supporting it.
“The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” said Corré. “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.”
“People are feeling numb,” he continued. “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.”
Punk.London will include concerts, exhibits, speeches and films. That doesn’t sound too horrible, does it?