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gettyimages-625920210On Saturday a piece of punk history was burned and destroyed. The son of British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and fashion and music business maverick, as one time manager of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm Mclaren decided to set fire to a collection of Sex Pistols punk memorabilia. Now why would someone set fire to $6 million worth of punk artifacts?

Corre and Westwood burnt the memorabilia on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols “Never Mind the Bollocks” cd. He said that it was a statement against nostalgia and commodification of the cd. He chose to set the pieces on fire on a floating barge in the Thames River in London. While on the barge Corre delivered a message “Welcome to the great punk rock swindle, a time when you can buy McDonald’s punky nuggets, an ‘Anarchy in the UK’ credit card at 19 percent APR, punk rock car insurance, and bondage trousers from Louis Vuitton. And London is being socially cleansed and turned into a theme park.” The whole event was put on a YouTube account named Burn Punk London, which has 26 videos of both Corre’s and Westwood’s speeches. The whole event also featured a couple of mannequins that were wearing vintage punk clothing, they were called “The Extinctions” and had printouts of British politicians faces on them. During the event there were cameramen and crew located around the river, suggesting that there will be some sort of documentary following this burning.


  1. rcho3 wrote:

    I don’t know how I personally feel about the burning of memorabilia in a way that doesn’t look like it’s conducted in a way that isn’t very organized. I understand the point he’s trying to make about the commodification of a movement. What I find ironic about his speech is that he talks about how climate change could negatively affect northern countries because of immigration that would follow, but his burning of inorganic material made from questionable resources is only another step towards harming the ozone layer.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:27 am | Permalink
  2. mvarga15 wrote:

    Punk is dead. The urban definition of Punk is not trendy, it’s anarchy. So by definition burning millions of moneys of punk “memorabilia” is true punk. Perhaps collecting the ashes of these artifacts for posterity would be a better-suited memorial for the Sex Pistols. What a Rotten idea, nevermind.

    Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink