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From time to time I'll be listening to a song and a chord progression (partial or full) will take my thoughts to a completely different song.  If I remember it later I will google it to listen and watch a video.  Today my brain stumbled upon "Get it on" by T-Rex.  That great song by Marc Bolan, (you know it:  Get it on, Bang a gong...)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkTh_T75QY

BTW: it was The Kink's "Destroyer" that lead me there.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRpAANsoG8I  Great lyrics for this one, check them out. 


While watching the T-Rex video from 1971 I was struck by Marc's shoes which look to be a pair of white Mary Jane's.  I grew up in that time period and I thought that society (at least the one I grew up in) was generally unfazed about what we wore.  I certainly did my part by wearing clothing that was a little 'different' to say the least.  And musicians tended to dress rather well on and off stage.  They seemed to be on the cutting edge of fashion at times.  There was also quite a bit gender bending going on.  At the time I was never sure what that was about other than to elicit a response from the older set which of course would endear them to the younger set.  Recently I've gone to concerts where I am dressed nicer than the band and I've gone to shows where the performers looked like they just rolled of the bus from wherever.  I know its about the music, but it is performance art.      



So what are your thoughts on this?  How did you dress "back in the day"?  Have you gone to concerts to find you're dressed nicer than the performers?   I love watching old music videos because they reflect our culture in so many ways.  Each era and music genre is unique.  What do you think? 


Cheers, Jani     

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I remember wearing my stacks (boots) back in the day :D . Also brightly coloured clothes. I usually wore scarlet trousers and remember it was the first time of openly wearing obvious womens wear with my sister's lemon yellow cord ones she gave me (all fastenings on the wrong side). It was an opportunity to dress more feminine. These days such things seem to be 'women only', except in limitied social scenes. In fact there were probably quite a few things, both in fashion and behaviour, that seemed to dissapear after a few years.



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In the 60's i loved the fact that hair was longer with the groups i loved.  It allowed me to grow mine out and i was also able to experiment with brighter clothes than was the case before.  I guess bellbottoms with bare feet or sandals were patterned after the bands i loved but they also gave me a chance to express myself even if it came at the risk of abuse by the majority of society at the time.  I remember seeing Janis Joplin at the Fillmore East where the auditorium was filled with the smoke of joints being shared throughout the crowd.  We all looked the same.....both performers and bands.  I just wasn't drinking as much back then but i came to know that belting off the bottle too well.





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I love this era of music Jani, it's all too beautiful.


As for your question "how did you dress back in the day" ? Simple, jeans and t shirts, that's all I ever wore, because we were kinda low on the economic scale when I was young. I did treasure my sisters clothes, that I could "borrow" and envied their fashions of the day. I fit right in with the dead heads....


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