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Multi-million pound Sex Pistols punk collection to be burned

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:03

A multi-million pound collection of Sex Pistols punk memorabilia is to be burned by the son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, in protest at the '70s movement being co-opted by the establishment. Edward Baran reports.

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This huge collection of punk memorabilia is set to go up in smoke. Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, says he's going to burn the items to protest the movement being co-opted into the mainstream. He'll make his protest on Saturday - the fortieth anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK. SOUNDBITE, Joe Corre, saying: "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 or it's going to give them any currency to create their way out of the issues that they face'. It is not. It is dead and it's time to think about something else." The collection, which includes rare recordings and clothes sewn by Westwood, is valued at between 5 and 10 million pounds. The burning, at a yet to be revealed location, is in protest at the British capital celebrating 40 years of punk with a series of events under the banner 'Punk London'.

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Multi-million pound Sex Pistols punk collection to be burned

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:03