Punk aficionados, mark your calendars. Punk history is about to be created on November 26 this year, the 40th anniversary of the release of the hit Anarchy In The UK by the Sex Pistols.
John Corré, the progeny of the perfect punk couple combination – Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, is rioting about what he says has become the mainstreaming of the punk genre. He’s planning on setting flame to punk memorabilia worth over 7 million dollars. In marking the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols, many institutions across the United Kingdom will be honoring punk with installations and exhibits, including the British Library and Design Museum, among others. To add salt to punk’s wounds, Queen Elizabeth II is even endorsing the celebration of an era that won’t soon be forgotten.
According to Corré, it’s a sacrilege. When punk was first introduced and started in the UK, thanks to the Sex Pistols, it was treated for what it was meant to be – a rebellious culture that believed in freedom and anarchy and stood against everything that meant laws and institutions, including the monarchy. Corré told Crack Magazine: “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 of change, punk has become like a *insert expletive* museum piece or a tribute act”.
In recent years, there are many mainstream artists, including those from pop and other cultures, who have begun to embrace punk culture, starting from the type of clothing they wear. Acts like Rihanna have been seen prominently wearing dog collars and other punk-related attire, while performing to stuff that punks would puke at.
In any case, punk is dead at large, with no major bands encouraging a culture that once thrived, but slowly withered away like the bands that succumbed to their debauchery and drug abuse.