Vivienne Westwood’s son is set to send up to £10 million worth of Sex Pistol’s memorabilia into a ball of flames this afternoon.
Joe Corre said he will destroy records, clothing and other collectibles from the punk band in a protest against the music scene’s appropriation by the mainstream.
Corre, who is also the son of the punk band’s manager Malcolm McLaren, will livestream the event on the 40th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut single Anarchy in the UK.
Corre, who launched lingerie company Agent Provocateur , will be joined by his mum at one of three set locations which had to be changed at the last minute today after protests.
Extra security has been drafted in after reports spread that ageing punk rockers plan to sabotage Corre’s plans.
He said: “I’ve been wondering for a long time what to do with it all and I think this is the right opportunity to say ‘You know what, punk is dead.
“Stop conning a younger generation that it somehow has any currency to deal with the issues that they face.
“It is not. It’s dead and it’s time to think about something else.”
Britain has organised a series of events to mark 40 years of punk under the banner Punk London – an official celebration that has angered many veterans of the anti-establishment musical and cultural explosion.
The collection, which includes rare recordings, posters and clothes sewn by his designer mother, is valued between £5 and £10million, said Corre.
That includes Johnny Rotten’s trousers and poster and artifacts that were “never allowed to be sold or never made it to the shops.”
Corre has posted images on his Twitter of items he claims have or will be burnt – including an original 8inch acetate of anarchy in the UK, that was on Ebay for £65,000.
He also posted images of a Red Tartan bondage jacket worn by his mother, a Venus” leather sleeveless top, a Marx shirt and a “No One Is Innocent” Glove.
He has already filmed himself burning his one of a kind acetate of Anarchy In The UK and claims he started destroying the collection a few weeks ago.
Sex Pistols lead singer, John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, has criticised Corre, telling British media he should sell the memorabilia and donate the funds to charity.
Howeve,r “I dont thnk hes had anything relveant to say for the last 10-20 years.”
Asked why he had not taken that action, Corre said: “Who is evetually going to buy it? … It would end up going on some banker’s wall. That’s who’d buy it and that wouldn’t satisfy me very much.
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)
“I think the die-hard fans are confused and they don’t interest me at all.
“Why would I give it to them? They are just conformists in another uniform.”
He said 80% of the proceeds from the a documentary about the burning will go towards “London youth in part but also climate change and environmental issues.”
Guitarist Glen Matlock also condemned Corre’s action, telling Sky News today he thought Corre’s actions were “dopey” and said he had “no right” to talk about the movement.
He said: “First off, I don’t think there’s £5million worth of stuff there.
“Punk is something that means lots of thing to lots of different people… but I think it should be something more of a question of attitude.”
“Things like Joe’s doing remind people of the past and stop people from moving on.
“He’s a very mixed-up kid.”
He then mentioned the Nazis the burning of the books in a seeming comparison between the two.
However, in a previous interview Corre said that he believed his late father would have approved.
“I think he’d think it was kind of hilarious,” he said.
Corre said he would keep a few items of sentimental value, including clothing he helped his mother sew as a boy.