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Sex Pistols Manager’s Son Burns Punk Memorabilia Worth Millions in Protest


Heaps of Sex Pistols and punk memorabilia were set ablaze on a river barge in London this past Saturday as a show of protest against the way the once unruly and rebellious music genre has been incorporated into mainstream culture.

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Son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and renowned designer Vivienne Westwood, Joe Corre, set fire to paraphernalia and clothes that had an estimated value of 5 to 10 million pounds ($6.2 million to $12. 5 million) in honor of the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut single titled ‘Anarchy in the UK’.

Diehard fans of the band saw the burning of the collection of punk music memorabilia as an ideal way to showcase just how things have changed, but there are those who felt that the same statement could be made without all the theatrics. However, the message still resonated loud and clear throughout the streets of London that punk music was no longer what it once was.

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Standing before flags that bear the names of international corporations, Corre also set fire to stuffed effigies dressed in Sex Pistol clothes of Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as some of her predecessors like Tony Blair and David Cameron.

While addressing a crowd of roughly 100 people on the bank of River Thames in the well-to-do Chelsea area of London, Corre, who is also the co-founder of the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, made it clear that punk music was never intended to be nostalgic. He further stated that, “Over the years punk has become just another marketing tool that people use to sell things they don’t need.”

At the event, Corre reiterated that punk music had become so subsumed that it was now more of a marketing tool losing all resemblance of a rebellious genre.

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His ‘Burn Punk London’ protest was held during a celebration of punk music that was backed by the British Council and Mayor of London, dubbed Punk.London.

Corre’s vast collection of punk memorabilia that he began burning a few days ago has still a long way to go before it is complete. He plans to continue the trend in the coming weeks, and some of the items at the top his list include rare Sex Pistol recordings.

According to a statement made to Sky News by Glen Matlock, the Sex Pistols guitarist, the Corre’s ‘Burn Punk London’ was “dopey”.

Matlock further added, “Paraphrasing Monty Python, he is not the savior, he is a naughty boy. I believe that Joe is not the anti-Christ, but a nincompoop.”

Watch Corre’s ‘Burn Punk London’ below:

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