No future for England's punk dream says son of former Sex Pistols' manager

Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren.
Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. PHOTO: ST FILE

LONDON (Reuters) - The son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is to burn his 5 million pound (S$9.8 million) collection of punk memorabilia after saying the subversive music genre had been appropriated by the mainstream.

"Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a museum piece or a tribute act," said Joe Corre, whose mother is fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

The anarchic Sex Pistols band, formed in 1975, popularised punk music through songs such as God Save The Queen, which attacked the British monarch with lyrics including, "she ain't no human being, there is no future in England's dreaming".

The BBC refused to air the song when it was released in 1977, the year of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee.

In recent years, punk rock has been increasingly brought into the mainstream and a series of events under the banner Punk. London is being held in London to celebrate its history, backed by the British Library and the National Lottery.

Exhibitions, gigs, films and talks will take place, with organisers describing the genre as "a rallying call for direct action".

But Corre, who co-founded the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, said he would burn his entire collection of punk memorabilia on Nov 26, the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols' debut single Anarchy In The U.K., bemoaning what he called a general "malaise" in Britain.

"People don't feel they have a voice anymore. The most dangerous thing is that they have stopped fighting for what they believe in," he said.