Punk collection worth £5m torched

LONDON: The son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood torched a wealth of punk memorabilia on Saturday to protest official plans to celebrate the punk movement's 40th anniversary.

Joe Corre burnt the items, said to be worth £5 million (RM28 million), 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," he told onlookers.

Corre previously said he was angered by Punk London's plans to mark 40 years of the sub-culture.

The programme, which includes events, concerts and exhibitions, is supported by partners including the mayor of London, the British Library and the British Film Institute.

Corre said he wanted to highlight "the hypocrisy at the core of this hijacking of 40 years of 'Anarchy in the UK'", the Sex Pistols' iconic single which was released on Nov 26, 1976. — AFP