The piece is entitled “This is not the end, my friends”…
Different strategies for dealing with ageing adopted by performers such as Courtney Love, Celia Cruz, Madonna and “mothers who rock”, are explored in a new collection edited by academics from the University of Gloucestershire.
‘Rock On’: Women, Ageing and Popular Music was put together by Ros Jennings, reader in cultural studies, and Abigail Gardner, subject group leader for media courses, who also contributed chapters on, respectively, Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark, and the “shock and awe” generated by the “ageless black body” of Grace Jones.
The editors describe themselves as women who are “getting on a bit” but “haven’t yet gravitated to the same deep love of Brahms as we have for pop … As ageing women, we are still buying new music and going to festivals (though now we take chairs).” Dr Gardner admitted that this could embarrass her children, but said her “students appreciate the fact I was there when Joy Division was around or that I saw Fela Kuti play at Glastonbury. I have a background of interests they can identify with.”