The son of punk royalty – Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, to be exact – Joe Corré was nine years old when the London punk scene erupted in 1976. Now a multimillionaire after founding the lingerie chain Agent Provocateur, Corré appeared in the press recently to complain about Punk London, an initiative backed by the mayor and several museums to celebrate London’s punk history, 40 years on from that first wave. ‘Talk about alternative culture being appropriated by the mainstream,’ he sneered. ‘Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a fucking museum piece.’
Such is Corré’s righteous vehemence, he claims, that he’s planning to burn £5million of punk memorabilia in protest. But what do actual living punks think of the scheme? To find out, we went to a recent ‘show and tell’ of punk memorabilia at the Museum of London and asked proud punks whether punk should be the stuff of history, and about the homemade artefacts they brought along.