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Rachel Johnson's Golden Oldies: Are you ready to rock?

Regulars | October 2017


When I suggested I write this column, the Editor whiffled fogeyishly, ‘A POP column? A ROCK column?’ On he went, like that judge who had never heard of the Pet Shop Boys, clearly anxious to protect his readers from words such as ‘Stormzy’, ‘hip-hop’ and ‘grime punk’. I explained, as if to a four-year-old, that the Gods of British Rock are all dinosaurs now. David Gilmour is 71, Peter Gabriel 67, Kate Bush 59, Bryan Ferry 71, Sade 58, Phil Collins 66, Elvis Costello 63, Mark Knopfler 68. Even sex-on-a-stick Sting is 65. They are dinosaurs, I continued, and/or knights of the realm (Mick Jagger, 74, Ray Davies, 73, Paul McCartney, 75). Madonna, 59, bought Cecil Beaton’s old place in Wiltshire and once changed her pointy basque for tweed and pearls; Roger Daltrey, 73, sneaks off the stage for the seclusion of his trout fishery. Hell, I continued, our home-grown...

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