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Joe Corré vs The Commercialization Of Punk

27.11.16



Some might call this utter stupidity, others might think that the guy suffers from a hopeless case of nihilism, whatever people say though, it can't get more punk-spirited than this.

It's making the rounds these days that Joe Corré, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood destroyed his entire collection of punk rock memorabilia in order to express his protest for the commercialization of the genre.

"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."

The things he destroyed had an estimated worth of $7 million, including rare Sex Pistols recordings. Corré previously attempted to sell some of the stuff on eBay for charity, but since the bids didn't match his expectations, he decided to proceed with the items' destruction, that took place on November 26th, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the release of Sex Pistols' Anarchy In The UK single.




Picture John Lydon in 1977 delivering in his rebellious tone the very last words of the aforementioned song: "I get pissed, destroy!", and it might help a little bit in seeing this more like one of the punkiest acts pop culture's ever seen.





ZR

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