Sex Pistols to re-release 'God Save The Queen'
No future for you! Sex Pistols to re-release 'God Save The Queen'

Sex Pistols to re-release 'God Save The Queen'It could be argued this is the ultimate commemoration of the 40th anniversary of punk and the most expensive iconoclastic move of all time – Joe Corré – the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood – is to hold a ceremonial burning of punk memorabilia in Camden, in which he’ll torch a personal collection worth more than £5 000 000 in total.

Punk has now become so imbued with nostalgia that it feels like the Queen Mother of former youth movements. What was once firebrand now nestles in Boris Johnson’s record collection and the kind of venues that would have barred punks at one time embrace it as a cuddly eccentricty – venue the queen has sanctioned the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Corré, who is the founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur and the son of the controversial Malcolm has now decided to make stand. He will burn the collection in Camden November 26, the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’, in part in protest at the establishment-sanctioned nature of Punk London, which takes place later this year.

It throws up lots of questions – just what makes up 5 million quid’s worth of punk memorabilia? is that 5000 Anarchy singles? 10 000 pairs of bandage pants from Sex shop?

In a press release about his plan, Corré said: “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is 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 fucking museum piece or a tribute act.”

“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. 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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  1. Well….. Is that realy punk rock? Or a money making scam? To be honest if the chap was genuine he should just pack up all his items, go to some little village miles away from where he lives and hand them in to a charity shop. Or is it capitalist Londonderry bullshit?

  2. I’d say; Corres ‘memorabilia’ is the stuff from his late, absent fathers loft which he inherited… its a reminder of his shit childhood where he was cast aside in favour of ‘infamy and business’ and therefore he has no sentimental attachment to it – it just reminds him what a git his father was so yeah -‘fuckin burn it’. He doesn’t need £5 Million as he’s got a successful business valued at 60 Million (started thru his fathers reputation and influence I’d guess). Claiming it as a Grand Anti-Establishment Gesture is wrong …and exactly the sort of ‘stunt’ Dead Malc would have pulled …. making Corre, just as fucking bad as McClaren. If Joe goes ahead with this he will be despised as his father was…. Go ahead and symbollically burn some of the most precious, iconic stuff as a gesture … but give the bulk of it to homeless charities JC.

    • Definitely give it to the homeless. There are seven thousand of them in Manchester and before the year is over, some will be dead. Millions from punk memorabilia sale would buy all of them a new life.

  3. Interesting!

    The only Punk memorabilia I’ve got, and I have a fair amount, is in my head.

    See you at the barricades babe!

  4. So ISIS are not the only self-important people who want to destroy cultural heritage in order to draw attention to themselves.

    As least he could have given them to the Design Museum, but I guess the real irony is that it will mean that what’s left will be worth more.

    • Sebastian, in many ways the row about this perfectly captures the eternal contradictions of punk that make it so endlessly fascinating…

  5. In If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, opening at the Young Vic, Jane Horrocks and a band of musicians and dancers reinterpret a selection of hits from some of the Northern male artists of the 1970s and 80s. Jane and her director, Aletta Collins, talk about how they put the show
    RADIO FOUR. FRONT ROW 7.15pm 3/16/2016.

    Anyone who lives in London and want to see Jane Horrocks take on the post punk era, .. this is at the Young Vic theatre.

  6. This guy is a spoiled entitled attention seeking twat. Give it to a museum as it is of cultural interest. Or better still sell it to gullible twits and give the proceeds to charity.

  7. My take on what McClaren did, was that he worked within what was the current system in order to subvert it. He never tried to destroy it totally, but used what was there to his advantage to communicate something worthwhile . I think the most punk thing to do, would be to sell this stuff to the gullible and over-wealthy and use the proceeds to set-up workers’ co-ops, or a credit union, or a co-operative ethical bank, or *insert your own ideas here*. Put the cash value of McClaren’s (and others) creativity to good use and try and bring about change for the better. Subversion: that’s what I think is the punk way.


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