Today’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School entry comes from writer extraordinaire Janie Emaus, whom I met through one of my publishers, Turquoise Morning Press. I could tell from our first email exchange that Janie and I were going to get on like a house on fire–she’s such a huge music fan with many stories to share. For the second entry in a row, we get a glimpse of music as it was enjoyed by American teens in the 1960s, which is so incredibly cool to me. There’s a reason that my contributors who grew up in that era have such enviable music memories–popular music was in no way disposable then. Makes a big difference.
Grant High School, Class of ’66, Currently: Freelance Bookkeeper & author
Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones reminds me of dancing in our backyard at a party. I can even remember what I was wearing. Black tight pants and a French beret. And of course, any song by The Supremes.
Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: All The Beatles album covers. Yes..album covers. This was pre CD days. Pre cell phones. Pre “being connected to one another at all times” days.
Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: The music of my high school years was so good, I can’t think of anything that I hated. I’d go back there in nanosecond just to listen to the music.
Best show or concert you saw in high school: So sad to say that I didn’t go any concert that I can remember. I did want to see The Beatles. But as close as I got to the Fab Four was living next to a Capital Records executive.
Best high school make-out song: God, any song. I was so excited to just make-out, I didn’t care what was playing.
Janie’s debut Young Adult novel, Mercury In Retro Love, will be released by Turquoise Morning Press in 2012. You can learn more about her on her blog at theboomerrants.com or read more from her in her weekly column at In The Powder Room.