Punk rich kid burns £5M worth of punk memorabilia on a boat

Talk about having money to burn.

Punk prince Joe Corré made a very public rejection of punk as a “marketing tool” this weekend, when he burned £5 million worth of the subculture’s memorabilia on a boat on the river Thames.

“Punk was never, never meant to be nostalgic – and you can’t learn how to be one at a Museum of London workshop,” Corré reportedly yelled to the crowd before setting the items on fire. Apparently, the way you “learn how to be one” is by being the son of punk royalty Vivienne Westwood and the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, as Corré is. He is also, oddly enough, co-founder of the lingerie company, Agent Provocateur.

Corré did not just randomly set the items on fire — though that would be a very punk thing to do indeed. He was responding to plans by the mayor of London, the British Library and the British Film Institute to organize a celebration series in honor of the 40-year anniversary of the subculture called “Punk London” (we shudder to think what he would have made of the Costume Institute’s 2013 show “From Chaos to Couture”).

Also on the boat were effigies of politicians David Cameron, Theresa May and George Osborne. A crowd that included Westwood gathered to watch the items burn and the fireworks that were also set off from the boat.

And it seems that momma Westwood approved of Corrés actions, yelling from the window of a green double-decker bus on the river bank that “This is the first step towards a free world. It’s the most important thing you could ever do in your life.” Or the most stupid, though we suppose there are different rules for punk millionaires. [Guardian]