Get back to ’60s and ’70s
THE ’60s and ’70s were a special time in the evolution of humanity.
It was a time when men weren’t afraid to wear tight, high-waisted, flared pants and women burnt bras while teetering to their first jobs in platform heels.
Popular music experienced a golden age during the era – a renaissance of sorts.
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd made music that would serve as soundtracks to the lives of the generations that followed them.
Jon English grew up listening to Eleanor Rigby, The Immigrant Song and Wish You Were Here – and went on to be a major figure in the Australian music scene.
Jon is starring in a theatrical production that pays tribute to the golden age of music, aptly named The Rock Show.
The Rock Show has been touring to rave reviews and is on at the Star Court Theatre this weekend.
Jon spoke to Pulse earlier this week about music, history and life from his home in the hills outside Coffs Harbour, an area that serves as an enclave for artists, actors and musicians.
“The area where I live is home to a lot of creative people,” Jon said.
“It’s isolated in the sense there are not so many distractions, so people focus on their art, whether it’s painting, writing or making music.
“This is what happened in Seattle in the late ’80s and early ’90s when grunge came to the forefront with bands like Nirvana.
“In the late ’50s and early ’60s it was Liverpool, where bands that changed the face of music forever emerged – bands like The Beatles.”
History narrates the massive impact The Beatles had on popular culture, influencing not only music but fashion, art and even people’s politics.
The Beatles also had a big impact on Jon.
“You don’t realise you are part of history until much later,” Jon said.
“I saw The Beatles when they played in Sydney in 1964.
“I had just turned 15 and I remember going home after the concert, where I decided what I wanted to be when I grew up – I wanted to be a Beatle.”
Jon’s dad was sympathetic to his son’s declaration.
He bought Jon a guitar and the rest, as they say, is history.
Jon went on to be a star of screen and stage in Australia, landing leading roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Against the Wind and All Together Now.
He had a multitude of top 20 hits, including Hollywood Seven, Words are Not Enough and Six Ribbons.
“I’ve been lucky, I’ve had a great career,” Jon said.
“The Rock Show is another highlight for me; it’s a chance to have some fun and to play some of the music I listened to during that era.
“The show features a 10-piece band ... the audience gets to hear Eleanor Rigby with a full string orchestra.
“They’ll hear classics such as Lola by The Kinks, and Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.
“It’s baby boomer heaven.”
And reports around the country concur – the show has left audiences dancing in the aisles.
So get your flares out and get to The Rock Show.
Pulse has been running a give-away for two lucky readers to win a double pass to The Rock Show. Our winners are Jean Ellis of Mullumbimby and Lee Stevenson from Casino.