Joe Corré, son of legendary punk designer Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols’ manager, the late Malcolm McLaren plans to eulogize the death of punk in the best way possible: by burning £5 million worth of punk memorabilia. The ceremony will take place on November 24th, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK.
Corré, who founded luxury lingerie label Agent Provocateur, is torching his goods partly in protest of Punk London, an event that has the support of such mainstream institutions as Museum of London and the British Library. Worst of all, it has been endorsed by the Queen herself, the figurehead of the very establishment the punk movement rebelled against. If this isn’t the final nail in the punk coffin, I don’t know what is.
In a press release about the event, Corré said the following:
“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 fucking 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 shit once more.”
One can assume that Corré’s valuable punk collection contains plenty of goods from McLaren and Westwood’s infamous Sex boutique (a t-shirt from the shop can easily fetch over $1k on eBay), said to be the birthplace of punk in the UK. He also invites others to participate by burning their punk goods. The ceremony will be the punkest demonstration to take place in some time (though is it punk to issue a press release?), but will it be enough to resurrect the movement or will the Queen thwart this demonstration before it takes place?