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Joe Corré will burn $7M of punk memorabilia

Joe Corré, the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, announced that he will burn $  7 million in punk memorabilia for the 40th anniversary of the release of the iconic Sex Pistols album "Anarchy in the U.K."Carl Court/Getty Images

Joe Corré, the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, announced that he will burn $ 7 million in punk memorabilia for the 40th anniversary of the release of the iconic Sex Pistols album “Anarchy in the U.K.”

Punk isn’t totally dead.

Joe Corré, the son of activist Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, is reacting to a mainstream celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Anarchy in the U.K.” in the most punk way possible.

Corré will torch around $ 7 million dollars worth of punk memorabilia from his personal collection on Nov. 26, which will mark 40 years since the Sex Pistols released their iconic album.

The ceremonial incineration is a reaction to Corré’s disgust with Punk London, a series of events celebrating the history of punk sponsored by institutions like the British Library and the Museum of London.

The 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols "Anarchy in the U.K."Richard McCaffrey/Getty Images

The 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.”

“The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” Corré, who founded the British lingerie retailer Agent Provacteur, said in a release, according to Crack magazine.

“Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than movement for change, punk has become like a f–king museum piece of a tribute act.”

Buckingham Palace had not confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II directly supported Punk London, the Guardian reported.

Joe Corré is the son of Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who died in 2010.Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Joe Corré is the son of Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who died in 2010.

Corré is encouraging other fed-up punks to participate by burning their own punk clothing and objects for the November anniversary.

In his announcement, Corré not only decries the appropriation of the anarchic music movement but the “complacency” of British culture in general.

“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 s–t once more.”

Exactly what items in Corré’s punk memorabilia collection he will burn is unclear.

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