‘Music and fashion today is nothing compared to what we had in the ’60s’

Jun 20, 2019
Heather much prefers the music and the fashion from the 1960s. Source: Getty Images

The early-1960s were some of the best years of my life. When the ’60s started I had turned 16, I had my own money and was working in the city. I’d catch a train to work in the morning and again in the evening when my work was done.

I feel the Animals’ song ‘When I Was Young’ says it all. I remember Eric Burdon singing ‘When I was young, it was more important; Pain more painful; Laughter much louder …”

We had some of the best music in the 1960s. In Australia, where I grew up, there were groups like Ray Brown and the Whispers, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, The Easybeats and more. However, I remember the British Invasion of music and it felt like I was living on a different planet when that happened.

I remember wearing some incredible clothes in the ’60s. Mini skirts and thigh high boots, lots of mascara and a bob style haircut. We were all trying to dress in a way that reflected the music that was blowing us away.

I look at the way the younger generation dresses now and I’m glad I’ve joined the ‘leggings and t-shirt’ group of seniors. Of course, I know there are people my age who dress differently to how I do, but it’s all about comfort. I try not to laugh when I see people wearing jeans with shredded knees. If we saw anyone in the ’60s wearing a pair like that we’d think ‘poor souls, must be really down and out’.

I saw a young man with his pants under his butt recently. It was not a pretty sight.

While there were those who were influenced by drugs, I was in a group of friends who found fun without that need. The drug culture seemed to come at a time when Woodstock and the hippies began to take over.

When I became a mother I didn’t listen to much music. Seeing the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and The Easybeats are special moments that will stay with me though. I was watching The Voice on television recently and the songs being sung were not ones I was familiar with, but the audience was singing and dancing along. I was appalled to see one woman not wearing any shoes and another young man only wearing a pair of thongs. Where has their respect for themselves gone?

I know we cannot go back to the ’60s, but if we must go forward can I at least take my old songs and smart fashion with me? Rock on!

What do you think of today’s music and fashion? Do you have a favourite era?

Do you have a story to share with Starts at 60? We want to publish it. Sign up as a contributor and submit your stories to Starts at 60. Stories written by over-60s go into the draw for some great weekly prizes. You can also join the Starts at 60 Bloggers Club on Facebook to talk to other writers in the Starts at 60 community and learn more about how to write for Starts at 60.

Stories that matter, delivered straight to your inbox

Sign up to our daily newsletter for more great stories

Leave your comment

Please sign in to post a comment.
Retrieving conversation…