It will be an interesting year in England because Her Majesty the Queen of England will have her 90-year birthday party in June, and “The King” Elvis Presley is also going on tour in the U.K. in November with the Queen’s own Royal Philharmonic.
However, is the Queen actually honoring the punk music genre that got its beginnings by creating songs that said the Queen was not “a human being”?
In fact, the Mirror points out “The Pistols, fronted by Johnny Rotten, had their anti-monarchy anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ banned in 1977, the Silver Jubilee year.”
With the recent focus on Simon Cowell getting a possible chance to be knighted for the Queen of England’s 90-year birthday, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, some fans of the English Royal Family might not be aware that she appears to have interest in other genres of music that have made England one of the world’s cultural gems.
For example, The Queen is letting Elvis’ estate borrow her Royal Philharmonic… and this should be no surprise coming from her since she has knighted Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles and the “Queen” of Punk Rock, Dame Vivienne Westwood.
However, the rumors circulating online may not be true concerning the information presented by Dame Vivienne Westwood’s son, Joe Corre, that the queen of England is honoring the 40-year anniversary of the birth of U.K.’s punk genre by calling 2016 “The Year of Punk.”
Instead, these publications may be re-circulating partially true claims based on details pertaining to a “press release from Joe Corre” that may have been somewhat misconstrued.
Smithsonian, ArtNet, and Guardian all claimed around March 16 that Malcolm McLaren and Dame Vivienne Westwood’s son, Joe Corre, will burn $7 million worth of punk memorabilia to protest “the popularization of punk in mainstream culture” and that Corre thinks “celebrating punk as a cultural institution goes against its anti-establishment spirit.”
Media sources go on to say Joe Corre will rectify the situation with The Queen calling 2016 “The Year of Punk” by building “a bonfire out of his personal collection of punk clothing and memorabilia in Camden, London, on November 26—on the anniversary of the release of ‘Anarchy in the U.K.'”
All of these actions by Joe Corre against The Queen are to “protest the Punk London, which is being put on by organizations such as the BFI, the British Library and the Design Museum, as well as endorsed, at least according to Corré, by Elizabeth II, herself.”
The point of origin for this “press release” by Joe Corre denouncing The Queen is Sammy Jones of Crack Magazine — and this means it can only be assumed that Her Majesty the Queen of England is calling 2016 “The Year of Punk.”
Currently, The Queen has made no official announcements concerning this topic that are reprinted online. At the time this article was published, this author found no references before March 2016 about The Queen calling 2016 “The Year of Punk.”
What is likely more consistent with the details found online is that there was an announcement in 2015 by British cultural authorities with “Royal” in their titles that stated punk culture would be celebrated in 2016 with a “100K heritage lottery fund grant” in the U.K., according to a December 15, 2015 report from Art Lyst.
Among the details published by Art Lyst were “Punk London is supported by the Mayor of London,” but no information about the queen of England making a direct request on the topic was included.
On December 27, 2015, L’Italo Europeo stated “Punk London will kick off with the Resolution Festival from 4 to 14 January 2016 at The 100 Club, the world-renowned music venue that hosted the legendary two-day 100 Club Punk Festival in September 1976.”
What do the organizers of Punk London think about the fiasco they have caused? Although organizers have not yet responded to Joe Corre in the press, they may not feel they are authorities on defining punk… nor do they feel anyone is entitled to this task, by definition.
According to a March 13 report by Guardian, Andy Linehan, curator of popular music at the British Library, stated the following.
“Punk is not an easy thing to define. As with any type of music, people will say, ‘That’s punk’, ‘No, that‘s punk’. Some say punk died in a specific year, others say punk lives.”
As for endorsing other types of music genres, it does appear that The Queen is at least supportive of “The King” of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley. Interestingly, if The Queen and Elvis ever met when he was alive, there is no online evidence of this instance. Despite this, The Queen did not seem to have any objections to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra allowing Elvis’ recorded voice to hitch a ride with them for a mini-tour.
According to a press release from Crowd Surge, the “ghost” of Elvis will be on tour in the U.K. from November 17 to 24. Cities included in the “If I Can Dream” tour include Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, and Manchester.
There are no announcements at the current time if Her Majesty The Queen of England will attend any of the Elvis and Royal Philharmonic concerts.
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