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Posted on 01/22/2014 12:01:34 PM PST by C19fan
t may be 2014 to the rest of us, but for the subjects in Jennifer Greenburgs photographs, it is still 1951. The assistant professor of photography at Indiana University Northwest has been photographing America's Rockabilly community for more than ten years; people that not only dress like its the Fifties, but also drive perfectly preserved Cadillacs and decorate their homes with furniture to rival the retro sets of Mad Men. 'At first I thought the culture was about fashion,' the 36-year-old photographer told MailOnline. 'Then I realized it was much, much, more than that. I realized that this was a culture of people who functioned as a community.'
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Brian Setzer. Excellent musician.
I asked one older (40ish) salaryman in one class why it was that so much of Japanese pop culture mimicked American culture before about 1965 or so -- same hair styles, clothing and music genre, bug ignored what was more modern and current.
His answer was profound: "We only copy what's worth copying."
Get a haircut and wear long sleeves. And stay off my grass!
Yeah - I’ve seen his Christmas show twice at the Ryman.
A really good “Behind The Music” from VH-1 also..
I can relate to the little boy with the cowboy bling.
Now you can’t even get the incandescent light bulbs in the fixtures.
The year of my (and many other Freeper’s) birth.
I was in my prime in the 50s-——I loved them.
Didn’t really go back far enough. Communism was getting its groove on already by this point, in preparation for the decade that destroyed America, the 60s.
If I was going to go for a period, I think I’d go 1890s.
You sure can still get them!
How true! When my mother died in 2004 she still had the same toaster that I remember her having all my life. And it still worked, had a high gloss mirror like finish and toasted about a loaf of bread a day in it's hey day. My folks didn't throw away anything.
I inherited that gene. I still haven't bought a flat screen TV because the one I bought 15 years ago is still perfectly good and I can't bring myself to just toss out a perfectly good TV. Anf I's have to toss it out...Goodwill won't even take them anymore. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2543580/The-people-STILL-living-like-1951-Captivating-portraits-look-inside-Americas-Rockabilly-community.html#ixzz2rA28pYWh Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
“No, I think it’s Seltzer.”
(great place, btw)
Odd. I don’t remember seeing any Black people in those photos...
I’m not a big fan of the home decor, but I like the clothing and cars and especially the values.
I wouldn’t mind going back to that era, less the uncomfortable and metal furniture.
I still have a mixer from the 60’s that I use at least once a week. My guitar was bought with Green Stamps.
I never cared for the furniture/furnishings of the 50's/early 60's - too cold and un-inspiring to me, but my parents liked it, so much they carried it at least into the late 70's!
I prefer 30's and 40's style furniture, etc. That's the time frame I like, unless we start talking Renaissance era.....
I’ve been thinking of starting a bad of old goats like myself. Maybe I should consider Rock-a-billy.
Well-endowed women never go out of style.
Check out the Carl Perkins DVD with Eric Clapton, Ringo, George Harrison, and Lee Rocker. (Excerpts are on YouTube.) As Johnny Carson would have said, “Great shtuff.”
Will definitely check it out. I didn’t know that Carl Perkins was still around. He did Blue Suede Shoes way better than Elvis.
My mother bought me my first guitar from Sears (and Roebucks) in 1966. In 1967 my brother came home on leave from the AF and took my guitar back with him. He promised he’d bring it back to me when he got out in about 3 months. He hocked it for $5. He felt guilty so he bought be a POS electric. I sure wish I still had that Silvertone arch top.
I had that wall paper also...must have been a big thing back then.
Carl Perkins wrote BLUE SUEDE SHOWS. He said he was playing at a dance hall and there was a couple on the dance floor, the wearing suede shoes. She stepped on his foot and guy said “Un uh, baby, don’t step on my suedes.”
Some of the folks in those photos are really cool. Some are a tad weird, IMHO. Whatever floats your boat!
I was going to counter your cartoon with the example of “Khan”, but then I realized it proved your point.
Oddly, they don’t really have the opinions of people from the 50’s, nor act in the same way, even if they’ve picked out some of the images of the 50’s.
Yet the current generations pride themselves on being environmentally responsible by recycling their daily Evian water bottle and the one-time-use Ziploc bag they put their lunch sandwich in. They have no idea how frugal and responsible people once were.
Perkins died back in the 90’s, I believe. This video was recorded about 1985. It’s very good.
You'd go over to some kid's house and instantly be able to tell where their dad was stationed: Weisbaden or Ramstein AFB in Germany if they had steins and shields/swords for decoration and big walnut cabinets, or Japan/Korea/Philippines if they had monkeywood chests, ceramic elephants, giant brass candleholders made from salvaged artillery shells, and the ubiquitous Shoji screens like our house had. Everything else in the house was hand-me-down 1950s furniture like what these Rockabilly people are showing in the pics from this link, because your dad's duty station could change faster than your family could acquire/ship new furniture. As a result, all this old 1950s furniture traded hands maybe four or five times between incoming and outgoing military families.
Later on, I'd go to civilians' kids houses and not see any of this stuff and wonder what that was all about.
If the rockabilly people are having a hard time finding 1950s vintage furniture, they oughtta paw around antique stores near the locations of old USAF bases, especially ones that were part of Strategic Air Command.
Like this lamp...
Here's one that I personally own-the Panasonic "Flying Saucer" TV:
Find a show near where you live, grease up your best pompadour, and go make some friends :)
How do they live without a Lava Lamp???
Both worked perfectly, the only flaw being a sprung door on the stove when my older brother had repeatedly used it as a stepping stool to filch cookies from the jar on the top shelf some 30 odd years earlier. So we had to push a chair against it when we were using it.
We sold the place to another couple in 1996 along with that stove and fridge, still in same working order. I think it was Goehring who once mocked American industry as being capable of producing only great razor blades and refrigerators.
A friend of mine was born in the summer heat of 1954. He still uses the fan that was purchased to keep him cool.
OOoooh! I like!
A fan made today wouldn’t last like that. They don’t build better products nowadays, they just build better consumers.
I have a 70s vintage Gibson fridge in my kitchen that came with the house. Still works great, but it’s an ugly mother, in avocado green.
Oh yeah, right out of the Jetsons!
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