Maybe Punk Is Dead???

November 29th, 2016

God Save The Queen Pic Punk Rock was never meant to be "socially acceptable" or "commercial", I get that. I also don't think it's memorabilia was meant to be destroyed in protest over the commercialization of the genre, but that's what happened.  

The son of the late Malcolm McLaren, the former Sex Pistols manager and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Joe Corre' decided it was time to burn $7,000,000 worth of vintage memorabilia that he acquired over the years. Yes...I said $7,000,000 worth!!!

 It started when Corre' took issue with what was called "Punk London", which was a series of events celebrating punk's 40th anniversary. His biggest problem is they were sponsored by London institutions including BFI, the British Library and the Museum of London. Queen Elizabeth gave "2016, The Year Of Punk" her blessing which does seem a bit odd considering she is the same queen that "God Save The Queen" is about. Corre' said "it's 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 f*#king museum piece or a tribute act."

Again, I get what he's saying to an extent, but c'mon...he didn't have to burn all that cool stuff. Among the things torched were rare Sex Pistols recordings, cloths that belonged to his mom and Johnny Rotten and even a Sid Vicious doll. Of course he didn't burn it in a fire pit in his backyard, he did it on a ship near Albert Bridge is Chelsea. He also burned effigies of politicians.

Corre' also said that if his dad McLearn as still alive he "would have taken this opportunity to say something about punk rock now being owned by the corporate sector. Whether or not he would have agreed with burning all the stuff - and I think he probably would have done - I think he'd think it was kind of hilarious."

You can watch the event below...feel free to skip the first 28 minutes. Nothing really happens until then.