Activist to torch $7 million worth of punk memorabilia in protest


Punk says f— off to the mainstream. It’s the opposite of the mainstream. It’s about social change – not “Californian flower-power silliness of hippie myth.” That’s what Joe Corré believes, and that’s why he’s planning to torch his personal collection of punk memorabilia on Nov. 26.

“The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” Corré writes in a press release (via NME). “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.”

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Nov. 26 happens to be the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK.’ That’s by design.

Corré’s father, Malcolm McLaren masterfully managed the Sex Pistols, orchestrating a series of publicity stunts that helped cement the band’s reputation for rage and mayhem.

“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,” Corré said. “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.”

Corré’s no stranger to the public eye – and trying to irritate it. Not only was his father a famous (and controversial) music manager, his mother, Vivienne Westwood was a famous fashion designer who designed the “SEX” line that clothed the 1970s UK punk scene. Corré himself co-founded Agent Provocateur, a radical lingerie company.

Corré’s actions echo his father’s words:

“There are two rules I’ve always tried to live by: turn left, if you’re supposed to turn right; go through any door that you’re not supposed to enter,” Mclaren’s quoted as saying. “It’s the only way to fight your way through to any kind of authentic feeling in a world beset by fakery.”

Corré calling on “other dissatisfied punks to join him on November 26.” We’ll see how heavy the smoke hangs over London that day.

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