John Lydon has criticised Joe Corré – the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood – who is to hold a ceremonial burning of punk memorabilia in Camden, in which he’ll torch a personal collection worth more than £5 million in its entirety.
Corré, pictured below and who is the founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, is to burn the collection in the London borough on 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.
Punk London is backed by the Queen, who despite the Sex Pistols singing “God save the Queen, she’s ain’t no human being” has given the event her official blessing. Institutions like the British Library and the Museum of London have also backed the event.
Responding to the news, Lydon told The Metro: “If you’re going to destroy £5 million worth of anything, isn’t it better to sell it and give the money to charity? You selfish fucking lingerie expert. Why don’t you burn your own bra?”
On the Punk London celebrations, the Sex Pistols and PiL man added: “It’s been marked by people who were insignificant to it when it was happening – people such as Boris Johnson. They didn’t have to go through it and endure it. They come along late and make comments about burning this, that and the other.”
Asked if he was nostalgic about punk’s heyday, Lydon said: “It makes me nostalgic that people are getting it wrong. I’ve got too much to be getting on with to be nostalgic.”
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.”