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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

When the world was very young

Sometimes I get a bit miserable about being 57. Then I watch this and realise that only by being 57 now could I have been 13 then, for this.

"[Chuck Berry's] 'Maybellene' is a country song sped up," Thorogood told Rolling Stone in 2005. " 'Johnny B. Goode' is blues sped up. But you listen to 'Bo Diddley,' and you say, 'What in the Jesus is that?'"


RIP





And a belated minute's silence for the Duchess

13 comments:

Linda Grant said...

That man is playing that guitar like a teenager with his first copy of Playboy.

And those tight satin sheath dresses!

Anonymous said...

...and the most fitting accessory for that dress was an electric guitar! The girl on the right was rockin, too. I am struck be the juxtaposition of her feminine attire and her proficiency playing what was traditionally a masculine instrument.

Anonymous said...

I played that video about 8 times yesterday. So fun on so many levels. This is rock n roll!

Thrilled to've been introduced to early Bo Diddley in the last few years. Rhino Records has the best compilation out there and we play it for dinner music at least once a week.

RIP

-- desertwind

PS - Linda, your Duchess link isn't working.

Anonymous said...

Linda - thank you, I loved this. I'm 57 as well and also sometimes get a bit glum about it. Then realise I was a teenager in the 60s, was a student in London from 68-71 (when there were still grants), left uni when there were lots of interesting jobs for graduates, grew up after the pill and at the time of feminism and 57 feels pretty good .
Sheila

Mae Travels said...

What can one say about a beehive hairdo as big as the head beneath it?

Anonymous said...

I turned 57 a few days ago. Wow! When younger,I refused to think about aging. But I don´t feel that old actually. I still fit in my earlier size,wear jeans everyday. Maybe today I can afford more expensive clothes and bags and jewels. I have two daughters:30 and 18 and they keep me tuned to what is in and what is so out. Actually my main concern is the health part. Will it last or will it not. Been married to the same man for 34 years and have not considered changing him. Thumbs up!

Linda Grant said...

Link to the Duches now fixed

60 Going On 16 said...

I became a teenager in 1960 and wouldn't have missed that decade for anything. I'm sure that at least some of those who were young then, still carry a hint of that '60s spirit within them. (Although I imagine we all know people who, it would appear, were never young.)

In my 50s, I thought that hitting 60 would be pretty grim. It wasn't. So, to those of you who are 57 or thereabouts, take it from me, 60 is better . . . so much better. And definitely better than 50.

The Librarian said...

Linda - the link still takes me to http://www.w3.org/Protocols/, despite the roll-over being to a blog. Would you have another look at it, please? Thanks

Linda Grant said...

I've redone it and it's working for me

Marti said...

I took my 16 year old son to see David Bromberg last week. While standing in line I chatted with several other folks. When we got inside my son commented that I always attract hippies. I thought I was stylishly dressed so maybe he meant the others? I am 58.

Susan said...

60 going on 16, thank you so much for those encouraging thoughts. I was 50 last birthday and although I'm in pretty good nick, there are moments when it does feel as if it's downhill all the way from now on. I know that there's no point in worrying about the inevitable i.e. ageing, but it's nice to have reassurance from someone who is a little further down the road!

Anonymous said...

A part of me wishes i too had grown up in the sixties when so many changes were occurring. But it may be just as well I can't remember much of the 70's. Last week I visited a vintage shop selling mostly 80s gear and suddenly felt older. What's past is past and revisiting it makes us long for what we can't have: our own youth and a time when we were more innocent.