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May 30, 2010

WE WERE YOUNG, WE WERE STARDUST

I was still in elementary school in the 60's just starting grade 8 in 1969 but I have always loved the rock music from that time. Not the the beach music (sorry Shellebelle) but the kind of music Eric Burdon & the Animals put out. The Kinks, The Doors, The Seeds, The Byrds, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick to name a few.
I remember sitting on a big blanket in the sun, getting my tan on,  listening to a little tinny sounding transistor radio and saying "I love this song" to almost every song that came on. I remember dancing like the go-go dancers with their little white boots. 
Into the 70's I still liked the rockers. Led Zeppelin,  Lynyrd  Skynyrd, Deep Purple, but also bands like the Moody Blues, Creedence Clearwater, and a huge Canadian band The Guess Who.
What brings me to this post is the passing of actor Dennis Hopper. I went to see the movie Easy Rider after it came out in 1969. (remember going Wendy??) I was so in love with Peter Fonda.
Wendy and I went into downtown Vancouver to the hippie area of Gastown and we bought posters from the movie. They were the only posters I ever put up on my walls other than playbills from rock bands that came through.
I still have my Woodstock album but have given away all my other vinyl. Everything is on cd now and I have a huge playlist on my Ipod. We have satellite radio at home and of course I listen to the 60's all the time,  usually pretty loud. 
As if that isn't enough of the music I also have a DJ playlist on BLIP.FM. My DJ name is lorenglish and you can go there and listen to my whole list of my music picks, many with old old film clips of the performers on shows like Ed Sullivan or Hullabaloo.
Now go put on your go-go boots, your mini skirt, black eyeliner and white lipstick and get dancing. 

13 comments:

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Seems like we are of an age--for some reason I was thinking I'm older than you. I wasn't big into hard rock, but loved me some Janis Joplin, CCR, and especially The Guess Who. They just don't make music like that anymore--no matter how hard they try. Thanks for the memories!

Kammy said...

Such a Hippy.......LOL !
Kammy

@eloh said...

This was a very shocking movie... it was my first and only experience of an entire theater full of people leaving in silence at the end of the movie.

Ali said...

Boy I remember that song! And rest in peace Dennis. Another icon passes.

vignette design said...

Lori,
You are a gal after my own heart. I love old rock and roll too. I will never stop listing to the oldies, but also the new music today. I love my ipod playlists! We were just remembering Dennis Hopper last night--his movies, his life. May he rest in peace.
Happy Memorial Day my friend.

Joanne said...

Yes those were the days. I was just informed by one of my new instructors he is totally jealous that I have seen Led Zepplin live and in person - the fact that I am so much older than him and it was just what we did in the 70's doesn't count - does it??
Dennis Hopper truly was an Icon.

Kathleen said...

I liked some of those artists too..So long ago! I don't think I saw that movie. It was probably rated R and we weren't allowed to see them! :)

Eternally Distracted said...

I think you and my friend 'DJ' would get on like a house on fire! ;0)

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I was in love with Dennis Hopper. Not back then because of Easy Rider, but about twenty years ago he made a movie where he kidnapped a girl, (she is a famous blonde starlet, but I can't pull up her face,) and she fell in love with her kidnapper. He was so sexual and just drew me into the movie.
I will miss seeing him on the tube!

susan said...

Didn't we all love Peter Fonda! My parents were NOT happy when they found out I had seen this movie!---I guess they thought I would run off with a motorcycle rider :)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hmm... I'm with you on the miniskirt, the black eyeliner, but you can keep the white boots. I'm a couple of years older than you (was a junior in HS in '69) so I have more sense.

But I like your playlist.

My KIDS would like it too. Amazing -- they listen to the music I listened to at their age. Whatever happened to "Don't trust anyone over 30?"

Cass

Cass

Barb said...

I recognize another "hippie". Loved Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda

big hugs,
Barb

Sue said...

Hey Lucy!!! I was actually an extra in the movie, Easy Rider! Yup- they filmed some of it in good ol' New Mexico. The part where the two of them were riding around the town plaza with the high school band and when they were in that old decrepit jail is in my home town. I do believe they were stoned ALL the time they were there. LOL
Peter Fonda had a cold and was sniffling away when he signed his autograph for me in his trailer. I loved Dennis Hopper in the movie, Hoosiers. He played a drunk in that part.
Loved the music of that era. It is still my absolute favorite.
xo Ethel

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