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Sex Pistols Manager's Son Burns Punk Memorabilia Worth Millions

27/11/2016 11:30 AM AEDT | Updated 30/11/2016 8:32 AM AEDT
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A collection of punk memorabilia belonging to Joe Corre, the son of Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, is burnt on a boat on the River Thames, in London, Britain November 26, 2016. A collection of punk music memorabilia went up in flames on Saturday in a protest meant to highlight how the genre has been subsumed into the cultural establishment. Joe Corre set fire to his collection - which he valued at 5 million pounds - of punk-era clothes and paraphernalia from the side of a boat on the River Thames, London. Corre organised the protest to oppose a year-long festival called Punk London created to celebrate 40 years of punk culture, supported by establishment bodies like the Mayor of London, the British Council and major record label Universal Music. REUTERS/Neil Hall

LONDON - Piles of punk music memorabilia went up in flames on a river barge in London on Saturday in a protest against the way the once rebellious genre has been subsumed into mainstream culture.

Joe Corre, son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood, set fire to clothes and paraphernalia he valued at between 5 and 10 million pounds ($6.2 million - $12.5 million), on the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut single “Anarchy in the UK”.

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A collection of punk music memorabilia went up in flames on Saturday in a protest meant to highlight how the genre has been subsumed into the cultural establishment.

Standing in front of flags bearing the names of global corporations, Corre also burned firework-stuffed effigies of Prime Minister Theresa May and her predecessors David Cameron and Tony Blair, dressed in Sex Pistols clothes.

“Punk was never meant to be nostalgic,” Corre said, addressing a crowd of around 100 people on the bank of the River Thames in the affluent Chelsea area of London.

“Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need,” said Corre, who himself co-founded lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

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“Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need,” Corre said at the event.

He directed his “Burn Punk London” protest at a celebration of punk music backed by the Mayor of London and the British Council, called Punk.London.

Corre’s punk collection, which he began burning a few days ago and will continue to destroy over the coming weeks, includes rare Pistols recordings.

Sex Pistols guitarist Glen Matlock told Sky News that Corre’s protest was “dopey”.

“I want to paraphrase Monty Python - he’s not the savior, he’s a naughty boy. I think that Joe is not the anti-Christ, I think he’s a nincompoop,” Matlock said.

 

 

(Reporting by Georgina Cooper and William Schomberg, writing by Andy Bruce; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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