Every Picture Tells a Story: Rod Stewart

Happy 69th Birthday to Rod Stewart today.


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  1. Hedley Says:

    September 18 1971 – Concert for Bangladesh, The Oval, Kennington

    A small group of us took the train from Ashtead up to Vauxhall and into the Oval, the home of Surrey Cricket Club, we walked to one of those all day events. The show was headlined by the Faces followed by The Who. The Who came on so late that we had to leave to catch the last train home.

    Rod came out in a leopard skinned leotard grabbed the microphone stand threw it around like a drum major and blew us away. Every picture had been out for about 90 days, and Nods is as good as a wink was about 60 days away. Nods was to be the first album I would every own albeit a second hand copy from my friend Allison.

    I loved Rod, it was the start of many shows at obscure places and purchase of everything he did. But in 76, A Night on the Town was released with him wearing a stupid boater, Britt Ekland was fawning around, the Faces were finished and so was I. Every now and again I would buy something Rod but it has been many years and has not included the American songbook crap. I saw him after I moved to the States and left the show early.

    Rod Stewart was a lead singer for the Ray Davies Quartet – He went to school with Ray and Dave – They were all Muswell Hillbillies. Once upon a time Rod was Fabgear. Happy Birthday – You wear it well.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It was Maggie May which made me a Rod fan. It was huge here. I haven’t ever seen him in concert or The Who. You have a huge concert résumé which I find envious.

      I remember the flamboyant Rod, but I don’t remember that boater which is probably lucky for me not to have that picture in my head.

      When I was listening to all this music, the 60’s and 70’s mostly, I probably would never been able to conjure The Stones still going or Rod. They were the music of my teen years, and I expected, I suppose, they would fade just as the groups from the 50’s did when rock and roll became king.

      • Hedley Says:

        im6 and I debate this some. I think that the music and artists of the 50s were really the vanguard of the modern music era. The baby boomers grew up in a period of social and political upheaval, reflected in a diverse and rapidly moving music scene. The crooners, which in my mind would include Elvis, were disappearing as the new wrote albums, stressed over issues, and stood for defiance and change.

        The Baby boomers have taken the most strange journey toward retirement accompanied by the artists and music of their youth. All along the way were siren calls of the new artist and the old friend. Sometimes friends would change and sometimes you would just persevere.

        The Who hold a special place for me. The first band I ever saw, I have no idea how many times I saw them in all their incarnations, I was at risk at some of the shows, I buy the Super Deluxe editions to hear outtakes and 5.1 surround sound versions of music that is 40 years old and I drive to Columbus to see Rog and Pete as a nod to things past and pleasure given.

        We talk Lennie and Joni and Brian and Mike and E and Gabriel and things music which continue to touch our lives. And I would have run off with Emmylou Harris

      • katry Says:

        The Doo Wop groups had their own sound which didn’t easily morph into rock and roll. I was thinking of their hey day when I mentioned the 50’s, but I should have been thinking of Bill Haley and the like.

        I was attracted to folk very early having never an ear for Elvis. I liked the sound purity of the early folk artists whom I have continued to follow. They too have aged with their music though some not at all (here I think of Joni and what smoking has done to that voice of hers). Judy Collins is still a favorite of mine. Phil Ochs and others like Pete Seeger were the voices of baby boomers screaming for change. The old songs of love and happiness just didn’t cut it any more.

        I have my favorites like CSN&Y. Their Deja Vu is one of my favorite albums. I had it sent to me in Africa and wore it out playing it so often. The Kinks were an early love. I understand why you’d run away with Emmylou. I don’t think you needed to add the Harris.

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