I'm going through an extended disco phase right now. That means iPod on my Disco Inferno playlist, pretty much non-stop, and 70s disco movies to keep me warm at night. Here's one of my fave ever disco songs: Boogie Shoes.
Teddy Boys were a subculture of the 50s, primarily in England. They wore Edwardian-style clothes, and listened to jazz and, later, rock n roll.
From this culture sprang the wonderful Teddy Girls. From Wikipedia:
Teddy Girls wore drape jackets, pencil skirts, hobble skirts, long plaits, rolled-up jeans, flat shoes, tailored jackets with velvet collars, straw boater hats, cameo brooches, espadrilles, coolie hatsand long, elegant clutch bags. Later they adopted the American fashions of toreador pants, voluminous circle skirts, and hair in ponytails.
The Teddy Girls's choices of clothes were not intended strictly for aesthetic effect; these girls were collectively rejecting post-war austerity. They were young working-class women from the poorer districts of London. They would typically leave school at the age of 14 or 15, and work in factories or offices. Teddy Girls spent much of their free time buying or making their trademark clothes. It was a head-turning, fastidious style from the fashion houses, which had launched haute-couture clothing lines recalling the Edwardian era.
When I was around 10 I won a competition in a magazine. My prize? A biography of Marilyn Monroe. I knew who she was before I read that book, of course, but only from watching Sunday matinee movies on TV.
It wasn't until I read the biography that I was sucked into the world of Norma and Marilyn, like so many before me. I don't know how many times I've heard of one star or another touted as "this generation's Marilyn Monroe". But I don't think anyone has even come close. She was partially a product of her time, but also she was a fascinatingly unique woman.
I still read a lot about Marilyn, and I don't think I (or the rest of the world) will ever grow tired of her.