In non-China related news, check out my piece on walking through the Punk Couture show at the Met with Scott Treleaven…
Before we entered the exhibition, we spent some time in the atrium, which featured, along with two mannequins—one wearing a bondage outfit by Westwood and McLaren, and another in House of Dior—a projected film of the Sex Pistols playing live at London’s 100 Club in 1976. There, Treleaven explained his theory of the origins of punk, which he thinks emerged from a generation of children growing up in the wake of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “The good guys actually turned out to be the most colossal monsters imaginable,” he said. “When you grow up and realize that the people on your side can make genocidal gestures-the only thing it provokes is despair.” It is from this despair that he believes the punk ethos of “no future” emerged.
"It’s ironic we’re having this discussion when it’s just been revealed that the ‘good guys’ like President Obama are spying on every human being in the United States," he said. "We expected so much."
Read the rest here.