They wrote it this week: What a Nazi thought of apartheid Joburg


They wrote it this week: What a Nazi thought of apartheid Joburg

Extracts from diaries and letters written between January 13 and January 19


January 13

2013, London

The Metropolitan Museum in New York will put on an exhibition about punk this year and people will want my opinion [Westwood had invented the look for British punk in the 1970s]. Since punk collapsed for me with the death of Sid Vicious and the break-up of the Sex Pistols, I have been contemptuous of the movement in general and in particular of its token rebels and career gurus who claim social significance for it. I think they’re all posers. I realised that it wasn’t enough, jumping around wearing safety pins and a “Destroy” T-shirt. You need ideas to be subversive. That is why the movement folded: the punks didn’t have any because ideas don’t come on a plate – you have to get them yourself by becoming engaged with the world and its past...

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