Joe Corré, the son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, burned $6 million (US) of punk memorabilia in central London.
The stunt coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ debut album.
Earlier in the week Corré said, “Punk has been castrated and neutered by the corporate sector and the state.”
“Some people are very concerned about the price of these artifacts, but a conversation that we need to have is about values. Punk provided an opportunity for the no future generation of the 1970s to create a way out of it. Not trusting the media, not trusting the politicians. Investigating the truth for yourself. DIY. Punk was never, never meant to be nostalgic, and you can’t learn how to be one at a Museum of London workshop. Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need. The illusion of an alternative choice. Conformity in another uniform. If you want to understand the potent values of punk, confront taboos, do not tolerate hypocrisy, investigate the truth for yourself.”
The truth is Corré’s father originally saw the Sex Pistols as a way to sell more clothes. Punk has only recently become a marketing tool? Please.
Plus, punk’s not dead. Read the blog, bud!