Malcolm McLaren + Vivienne Westwood’s Son Plans To Burn $9 Million Of Punk Memorabilia

Expressing his utter disgust and frustration with the planned celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the punk movement, namely an exhibition at the British Library and Museum of London and thus essentially Old Lizzie herself, the son of Sex Pistols manager (or creator, if you feel like being cheeky) Malcolm McLaren and iconic fashion designer Vivienne WestwoodJoe Corré, is planning to literally burn a cool £5 million (roughly $AUD9.5 million) in punk memorabilia.

Corré is the co-owner of insanely expensive lingerie brand Agent Provocateur and cosmetics company Illamasqua, and he’s not happy.

In a press release, Corré has announced his plans and said that “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard… 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.” He went on to add that people are feeling numb and complacent and that there is a great need for a new revolution. “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.”

As such, he plans to burn his collection – though he hasn’t detailed what it includes – in Camden on November 26th to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK in protest and is urging fellow punks to join him.

Because nothing says “punk” like a multi-million dollar tantrum from a person whose parents sold punk as a fashion statement and used a totally manufactured band to help do so.

As Jeremy Gordon at avclub first observed, it’s a pretty “punk rock” thing to do at first glance. However, if Corré, a well-to-do businessman, has nothing better to do with all his money than watch it burn to express his displeasure, then surely he is actually “so thoroughly establishment that he doesn’t have a right to talk about revolution.”

Image: Crack Magazine