Sadhvi Asks: Where Were You in ’62?


I just read that The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years on stage this past Thursday.

Yup, 50 years ago on July 12th, 1962, Mick Jagger played his first gig with a band called the Rollin’ Stones (a name they took from a song by the late, great man of blues, Muddy Waters).
It marks the 50th anniversary of their very first live show at the Marquee club in London.
My whole generation, today’s baby boomers, were becoming adults, and we were choosing ways that were different than our parents.  Girls started wearing pants and not wearing a bra; boys started wearing their hair long, with just about everyone experimenting with drugs, and all the while having sex with each other without being married.

THE ROLLING STONES (courtesy of Rankin)
The music was definitely part of those revolutionary times too.  One of my favorite songs by the Rolling Stones is still “Street Fighting Man”.  It has that raw, electric sound that to me was the definition of what rock and roll was during the 60’s and 70’s.  A time to wake up.  A time to stop the senseless war that was going on in Vietnam.  A time to not be governed by the ideas of society and culture.  A time for peace.  A time to love one another.  It’s kind of the same as now, don’t you think?
According to Wikipedia, Bruce Springsteen would comment in 1985, after including “Street Fighting Man” in the encores of some of his Born in the U.S.A. Tour shows: “That one line, ‘What can a poor boy do but sing in a rock and roll band?’ is one of the greatest rock and roll lines of all time. … [The song] has that edge-of-the-cliff thing when you hit it.”
So where was I in 1962?  I was 4 years old, and I don’t think I was aware of The Rolling Stones that year.  It would take me another 4 or 5 years to realize what kind of energy rock and roll could have on me, because that is when we all started to listen to the weekly countdown on WIXY1260 in Cleveland, Ohio.
I remember a bunch of us hanging out in the neighbor’s kitchen, week after week, year after year; friend’s of mine, mother’s of those friends, and brother’s of those friends…all excited and waiting to hear that week’s #1 song.  For me it was exciting.

But, what I want to know is, “Where were you in 1962?”  Let me know if you can take a moment.  I’d really like to know.

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Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

9 thoughts on “Sadhvi Asks: Where Were You in ’62?

  1. Well Sadhvi, I was a few years older than you – I was 9 but still not into the Stones yet. My “first love” was the Beatles and was fortunate to go to see them when I was 11 at Comisky/White Soxs Park in Chicago. I don’t believe I’ll ever see a better musical group in this lifetime!

  2. Hilarie: I can just see you little Burke girls…looking through a pair of binoculars and gettin’ your socks rocked. I think Brad Pitt should hook up with you and make a movie of your life…and call it, “The Burke Sisters”.

  3. 1962. We moved to an apartment in Hong Kong from where we could see, though binoculars, the Beatles rocking our socks at the race track. We invented games to see who would be able to kiss Paul McCartney first. Seven sisters- we got our first mini skirts, (deer skin) Papa had made for us. We all got our ears pierced. I was 9. The Rolling Stones entered my life when I entered the USA in ’65.

  4. Amana…1962 was some year for you! It must have been such a cool scene in those days. I wonder if there will ever be a memoir for us to read from you?

  5. OMG – I’m much older than you, m’dear. But that just goes to show how music jumps gaps and breaks down barriers. Me in ’62? College, braless, acting out, defining my values, getting transcendental, envisioning a more peaceful world. I was never a groupie, but the Rolling Stones hit deep with their bad boy sex appeal, edgy lyrics, and raucous beat. Loved ’em then and can’t believe Mick is still pumping. The Wiki article was great background – fun.

  6. I had just graduated high school and late in 1962 I was at Boston University when I met Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) in a club called the Cafe Yana, where I began working nights as a waitress. Before long I met Joan Baez, several years my senior, and was dropping out of college to ‘experiment’ before 1963 closed. 1962 was probably the most life-altering year I had for that 1960-1970 decade, although the birth of my daughter in 1969 pretty much trumped every experience I had had until then.

  7. I don’t remember where I was in 1962 (except at home) but I first saw the Stones at the Akron Rubber Bowl in 1972. The opening act was Stevie Wonder and I searched for hours after to find my car. Great Great concert.

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