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Manager Of The Sex Pistol’s Son Torches Punk Memorabilia

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Manager Of The Sex Pistol’s Son Torches Punk Memorabilia

Piles of punk music memorabilia went up in smoke on a river barge in London on Saturday in a protest against how the once rebellious genre has been pushed into mainstream culture.

Joe Corre,the son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood, set fire to punk rock clothes and paraphernalia that has been valued at between 5 and 10 million pounds on the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut single “Anarchy in the UK”.

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

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

With flags bearing the names of global corporations, Corre 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 roughly 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 co-founded lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

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

Corre’s 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.

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