Joe Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren

‘Never mind the punk rock’ protest

A multi-million dollar collection of Sex Pistols punk memorabilia goes up in smoke as a protest over its appropriation by the mainstream. Paul Chapman reports.

(Reuters) – This is part of a multi-million dollar collection of Sex Pistols punk memorabilia about to go up in smoke.

It’s a protest by the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood over punk’s absorption into the mainstream.


“Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need, the illusion of an alternative choice. Conformity in another uniform.”

Joe Corre set light to the collection on Saturday’s 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols debut single Anarchy in the UK.

He’s been angered by the organisation an official series of events to mark the occasion.

Effigies of Britain’s top politicians felt the heat as well as the memorabilia which includes rare Sex Pistols recordings.

Sex Pistols lead singer John Lydon, seen here in file footage, previously known as Johnny Rotten, criticised the destruction.

Media reports say he was urging Corre to sell the collection and give the money to charity.

The public memorabilia burning ended when several fire engines and firefighting boats arrived to douse the flames.

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