'Punk is dead': Sex Pistols collection to go up in flames
Sex Pistols were known as an iconoclastic band that often took aim at the establishment. (Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
Joe Corre, son of Sex Pistols manager Malcom McLaren, has decided to set ablaze rare multi-million pounds worth of band's memorabilia on Saturday, for he believes that music has become heavily corporatised and is only "conning" the youth.
Corre's announcement to burn Sex Pistols records and other ephemera comes on the 40th anniversary of the release of their shapeshifting debut album 'Anarchy in the UK'.
Some of the artefacts that will go up in smoke include clothing belonging to Johnny Rotten and Corré’s mother, Vivienne Westwood, and a Sid Vicious doll embossed with a swastika, The Guardian reported.
"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'," he said on Thursday.
"It's (Punk) dead and it's time to think about something else."
Corre said he made up his mind after an event named Punk London decided to honour the iconic band's 40th anniversary of their album. He said the event was supported by the queen, a sign of how mainstream music has come under control of "the establishment".
The site of the rather very expensive bonfire will reportedly take place either in Chelsea, Brixton or Camden.
Corre's bold announcement comes 16 years after his father Malcom McLaren had stated that punk had died.
However, Corre said he would keep certain items of sentimental value.
Sex Pistols were known as an iconoclastic band that often took aim at the establishment.