I’ve been thinking more about that pop/rock/movies project. There were some great replies and I’m imagining a UK film festival in which ‘our’ generation shows a series of films that seem to recount the stories of our lives. I’m going to kick this one off with some personal choices and hope the ‘rules’ emerge as I go along.
The most important one is that I’m arranging the films chronologically in terms of the period they represent rather than when they were released. So, for example, Quadrophenia is a mid-60s movie not 1979. Like most of these films it’s not a perfect fit with my life but it’s the nearest I can find. So here goes
1. NOT Rock Around the Clock or The Girl Can’t Help It because I was just too young for those to represent my life. Pre-1960 when I reached my 11th birthday (October) I’d probably go for a couple of movies that aren’t rock & roll at all – Cockleshell Heroes and The Alamo. Musically the big movie in my childhood was Wizard of Oz.
2. So I really get started here with the David Essex film That’ll be the Day (Grammar School boy discovers Southsea funfair, rock & roll and rebellion) and The Young Ones because I was thrilled by the youth club gigs with the Shadows
3. Citizen 63 and Hard Day’s Night reflecting a growing awareness of jazz, folk, rhythm & blues and the beat boom (bits of the Beatles’ movie are like a documentary) – plus a combination of irreverent humour and politics both of which appealed increasingly
4. Quadrophenia because it’s the closest I can get to the magical Birdcage days
5. Blow-Up. That was a world of fashion, music, drugs, art and the cool swinging London scene which was certainly ‘out there’ and out of my reach in 1966, but nonetheless a huge influence in all kinds of ways – not least in terms of style. It’s also pretty sexist, which I would not have recognised at the time but …
6. Don’t Look Back and Monterey Pop – they don’t quite work in terms of my life but they do reflect that on-off relationship with the UK folk scene and the gradual shift away from the Mod scene towards the psychedelic thing – some of my favourites are in Monterey Pop.
7. It’s not ‘rock & roll’ but I’m wondering about 2001 …
8. Performance – I was never that excessive but I was on the way at times, and frankly glad to have been saved by circumstances and good people. Even on release I found it a very dark, almost forbidding depiction of a world I’d touched on.
9. Finally Please Sir – I’m probably kidding, but then again …
Now that’s very much me, but I’d be intrigued to open this up and assemble a more general representative list of our generation