NOT: Joe Corré Burns History


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!



  1. Mark · November 29

    I always thought Punk was supposed to be anti establishment. Is that not the case?


    • Matt Horner · November 29

      Thanks for the comment, Mark. At its core punk is supposed to be anti-establishment – but when you get into individual bands it can get a little murky about what some believe/represent. There are plenty of bands who are merely punk in sound – loud, aggressive – and less so politically/socially. Whereas others might fit the underlying philosophy better but musically are quite different from a lot of their contemporaries in the genre.


  2. regularguyhealthandstuff · November 29

    Seems to me he is using punk to draw attention to himself and his Agent Provocateur clothing line.


    • Matt Horner · November 29

      Thanks for the comment, Shane. That’s exactly what I thought when I first saw this – he’s gotta have some sort of angle here.


  3. scrambledeats · November 30

    This guys is an idiot. If he really didn’t care he should have given the items away for free.


    • Matt Horner · November 30

      The lead singer of the Sex Pistols said he should have sold them and donated the proceeds to charity. But the guy made some salty comment about the memorabilia ending up in bankers’ homes.


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