The Man Who Saved A World
Listening to The Man Who Sold The World
on the Bob Harris show at your Nana’s
when you should have been revising.
The traffic from the Kingston by-pass
roared by her New Malden terrace.
Harris played it again and again.
Oh! You Pretty Things on the radio
in the spring sunshine on the
back porch. Or was it Changes?
What a euphoric song that was.
Catching the Routemaster
at the end of the road.
The fish and chip shop
on the corner. The house
of your mother’s early years.
It’s a God-awful small affair …
And for those moments
you didn’t care about the way
you broke up with that girl,
and whether you might
get together again
after the exams were over.
Forget the summer of love,
those conformist hippies
flashing peace signs, following
Chairman Mao. It was five years
later, the year that Bowie, and Ziggy,
told you it was ok to be different,
to drop out of uni, to have
no particular place to go.
Sun 22nd Jan 2023 08:26
Oh, you pretty things! Thanks for the Likes, Frederick, Jordyn, Chris and Stephen
Tue 17th Jan 2023 21:34
Thanks for your comments, Graham and Uilleam. Still feel gratitude for the real difference Bowie made back then. We were in Barbados, of all places, morning had broken, the day we heard he'd died.
Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh
Tue 17th Jan 2023 20:43
Music -any kind-has to be one of the most powerful memory / emotional triggers. Oh you pretty things is!
Tue 17th Jan 2023 10:22
Music eh? How easy it is to recollect and take one back to places, people and times. I love this piece Greg. A little nugget of the early GF years, wonderful. On the DJ front, John Peel used to stamp the back of our hands at our weekly music venue in the late sixties/early seventies.
Tue 17th Jan 2023 09:24
Glad you liked it, Steve. Saw a wonderful documentary on Bowie the other night that I hadn't seen before - a miracle in itself - and realised what a great guy he was, always so polite with daft interview questions, particularly those of Russell Harty, who always seems to feature in such clips. Like the true artist he was, he was even interested in and wanted to confront his own death.
Tue 17th Jan 2023 07:41
Wonderful roller-coaster ride down memory lane, Greg (if that makes any sense!). I see Bob Harris is still going - he is younger than I thought he was at the that time.
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