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Malcolm McLaren's son burns �5m worth of memorabilia in punk …

Rebel without a cause or twisted fire starter?
Maybe a bit of both? Joe Corré, the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, is burning his £5m collection of punk memorabilia. Mr Corré, whose late father was the manager of the Sex Pistols, has already begun incinerating his extensive collection and will make sure the rest of it goes up in flames on Saturday, the 40th anniversary of the band’s single “Anarchy in the UK”.

Is he more of a smooth jazz kind of guy?
Mr Corré, who founded the luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, said he was staging the ceremonial burning to protest how punk has become mainstream. He kicked off proceedings by destroying an original acetate copy of “Anarchy in the UK” and plans to continue until the entire collection has gone up in smoke.

What a waste…
The blaze is taking place in Camden, north London. The area has long been a hub of alternative culture but in recent years coffee giants such as Starbucks and retailers including H&M and American Apparel have descended.

The straw that broke the camel’s back?
That would be the Queen’s reported endorsement of Punk London, a year-long series of events in the capital intended to celebrate 40 years of “subversive culture”. In a statement Mr Corré said: “The Queen giving 2016, the year of punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard.”

How royally insulting!
He continued: “Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a f****** museum piece or a tribute act.” Mr Corré added: “People don’t feel they have a voice anymore…They have stopped fighting for what they believe in…We need to explode all the s*** once more.”

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