POMPEY POP

Play On

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I’m involved in various plans next year to mark both the impact and the legacy of the ‘Summer of Love’ (50th anniversary). This will be particularly but not exclusively related to what went on in Pompey.

I’m doing another book* – just words not ‘Pix’ this time, and I plan to raid the Blog  not just for info but sometimes for quotes where appropriate. If I use anything I will contact you first to get your agreement (which could include a re-wording or whatever if you wish) so you might hear from me directly over next few weeks (I get an email address with every comment).

In the meantime, I’d like some help. I’m looking for specific examples of references to play and playing in popular music especially from that period such as “See Emily Play” or “It was20 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play …”

*At present I’m planning a launch at an event in June 2017

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

10 thoughts on “Play On

  1. suggesting…..PLAY WITH FIRE….ROLLING STONES……1965
    PLAY WITH ME….CARLY SIMON………….1965
    GAMES PEOPLE PLAY…..JOE SOUTH…….1968..totally different tune ALAN PARSONS PROJECT (1980 ish?)
    sure there’s more with dates ……not of the period

  2. Can think of a few:-
    ‘Ball of Confusion’ by The Temptations , containing the line : ‘And the band played on’.
    ‘Hey Mr Tambourine Man, PLAY a song for me’.
    ‘Don’t Play That Song’ – Aretha Franklin/Ben E King.
    ‘I Was Only Playing Games’ Unit 4 +2.
    ‘Play it Cool’ Billy Fury
    ‘And the Band played Waltzing Matilda’ Joan Baez

    Whatever you do, don’t include ‘Play With My Ding a Ling’.

    PS Books include ‘Playpower’ by Richard Neville and the unforgettable ‘Play in a Day’ by Bert Weedon.
    PPS If there are any comments of mine you wish to use, please do.

    • Thank you very much Graham – I’ve already found one or two of yours, so cheers for that. And I’m hoping to organise at least one event specifically around ‘Playpower’. Many thanks

  3. To clarify a little further, one of the themes of the book is to draw out the continuities between the early 1960s ‘beatnik’/CND world (most visible still in Citizen 63), the Mods of the Rendezvous/Birdcage and the transition to the Summer of Love. I realise that not everyone made the shift across all three in any complete sense (for example, I was too young to know about the first at the time) and some Birdcage people moved rather more towards a smart skinhead/ska thing – but what I’m looking to stress is how Beatniks, Mods and Heads/early Hippies were not necessarily separate tribes, with no overlap.

  4. Interestingly, our route to the ‘Summer of Love’ went like this:-
    1962 – Young rockers – quiffed hair, Bobby Vee lookalikes
    ’63 Beatle clones
    ’64 The Rolling Stones became ‘our ideals’.
    ’65 Turned into smart, pill popping Mods.
    ’66 Well turned-out Stylists.
    ’67 ‘Summer of Love Hippies’.

  5. MARS BARS………..Work, Rest and Play

  6. Right then….Here’s a selection..(a kind of Jamboree Bag) from my memory banks….Not in any special order……
    PAISLEY SHIRTS / BEN GRUBBS / MANOR COURT Y/C /WIMPEY BAR / HUSH PUPPIES /ETON COLLARS / RENDEZVOUS /DEL MONICO / KEN CRIDGES / KIMBELLS / FRAYED BELL BOTTOMS / MANHATTAN / RAVELS / SHIRT KING / BIRDCAGE / COLLEGE SCARVES / STRIPED JACKETS / KEYHOLE / 3/4 LENGTH LEATHER COATS / SHORELINE ……(etc etc etc)

  7. OH…….LAMBRETTAS NOT VESPAS !!!!!

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