Punk Rock Memorabilia Bonfire Scheduled

In one of the most legit punk-rock moves in recent memory, Joseph Corré, son of the Sex Pistols’ producer Malcolm McLaren, is threatening to burn his archive of punk rock memorabilia on November 26, the 40th anniversary of the release of “Anarchy in the U.K.”

The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard."

Corré says he’s protesting the state and corporate sponsorship of Punk.London, which is described as “A year long programme of gigs, exhibitions and films [that] will look back at the excitement and energy of the movement’s genesis, and at punk as an on-going catalyst that continues to inspire, refuse categorisation and spark creativity around the world,” according to the website.

“The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” Corré said in a press release. “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.”

In addition to being the son of McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Corré is a co-founder of Agent Provocateur, a lingerie brand and an executive for Illamasqua, a high-end brand of make-up. Corré is encouraging others to bring memorabilia to Camden, a borough of London, for the demonstration.

“A general malaise has now set in amongst the British public. People are feeling numb. And with numbness comes complacency. People don’t feel they have a voice anymore,” Corré said. “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.”

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