Let me know if I'm off on this.
After we spoke, the first thing I wrote was "Crewcuts, Beatles, Newberry's, Kress- Beatles, Woolworth"
These mental images from my teenage years in Dothan are exactly what I want to communicate in
ROCK PILGRIMAGE ~ JACKSONVILLE.
THAT'S THE FRIST IMAGE I WANNA CAPTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1961 school day pictures of about 30 famous rockers from Jacksonville contrasted with their '66 & '67 photographs.
EXCUSE ME, but when Elvis came back from Germany, he was ONE morbid joke.
He was somebody your older sister built a shrine to in her bedroom.
The Beatles were something!
Even before they came over, the Kress on the NW corner of Main & Foster in Dothan had Beatle dolls & the girls from over on SILK STOCKING AVENUE bought all of 'em up the first Saturday they were up for sale and the ones who missed it REGRET IT TO THIS DAY!
I guarandamntee you it was the same way in Jacksonville but way mo' worser.
At the same time, both towns, Dothan & Jacksonville were under TOTAL SEGREGATION & EVERBODY had been living next to bases that had given THE NIGRAS they SILVER RIGHTS since 1948!
I'm talkin' FIFTIES ALICE IN WONDERLAND!!!!
Dizzzzzzzzzzzzzz wadn't no states rights thing.
These FOLK believed dark-skinned folks stank and had cooties.
In Dothan, it were mo' worser than CASTRO!
It's no accident that those cats from Jacksonville named their band after Leonard Skinner.
Am I wrong?
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Just a quick note . The Kress store also had Beatle wigs , Beatle boots , and many other items us Southside boys couldn't afford . Your idea for the rock show sounds like it could be a hit , keep it up . See you at City Fest .