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Monday
Dec292014

Groupie (sort of)

I showed a "Groupie" poster in my last post and, in November, I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience of following one of my favorite artists (and object of my teenage obsession) across Europe.

For my birthday, my thoughtful boyfriend planned a trip to Europe to see Yusuf/Cat Stevens (he goes by both or either name now) in concert twice (Paris and Berlin) and Morrissey once (Antwerp). Through my pleading Somehow, we ended up seeing Cat Stevens a third time in Dusseldorf and Morrissey again in London.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Berlin, November 2014I saw Cat Stevens in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1976, and again in Brussels in 2010. He’s released a new blues and R & B album, and I admire him for going back to his roots and recording tunes that got him into music in the 1960s, since so many musical artists who were big in that period are now doing ‘safe’ pop music.

There were only slight variations in the playlists of the three concerts—all combined his older music (going back to 1966 with “I Love My Dog”) with a good number of his new songs. Cat was out of the limelight, not touring or recording (or smoking) for decades, and I think his voice and performance were all the better for it. He looked like he was having a blast, more so than in the 70s. His voice is unchanged (which you can’t say for others of his generation, such as Bob Dylan). It still has that deep caramel-y quality with those lovely growls (I'm thinking of my favorite song “Sitting”). Alun Davies, his talented, long-time guitarist accompanied him for the entire European and North American tour. The rest of the band were very tight and seemed to be having a good time, too.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens concert stage set, Berlin, November 2014 The stage set at each venue looked like an abandoned train station (i.e. waiting for the Peace Train).

1970s handkerchief dress and new-ish hat purchased at Goodwill. 1970s moon face, 1930s faceted glass, and metal Indian necklaces. The seed bead necklace and wooden bead bracelet I made in the early 1970s. Vintage and Indian bangles. 1970s Pakistani bag, purchased on eBay. I had bought this dress at my local charity shop a couple years ago in spite of the fact that I couldn’t zip it up and still breathe with ease. When my boyfriend bought our concert tickets on September 5, I vowed that in the ensuing 9 weeks, I’d lose enough weight to fit into it for the Paris concert. And I did.

Tea after the concertDetail of rayon handkerchief dressHere's a nearly identical one (for substantially more than what I paid).

There's that hat, bag and 1970s moon face pendant again. 1970s The Villager vest from Goodwill. Tunic and leggings from Goodwill. Vintage star pin purchased on eBay.Vintage star pin with colored glass cabochons, purchased on eBay.

Another 1970s velvet Pakistani bag that I’ve added to my collection.

In addition to hearing the song “Sitting” live three times, a highlight was a second encore in Paris in which Cat performed the heart-felt song, “Trouble.”

Here's an odd coincidence--I only found out a couple years after we met that my boyfriend, according to his mother, is distantly related to Cat Stevens’ spouse.

Linking up to Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti of Not Dead Yet Style, and to Judith's Hat Attack #18.

Reader Comments (11)

Morrissey, now you're talking! He was my teenage idol and I'm still insanely jealous of Jon seeing The Smiths in the early days.
Love that dress, how great that it now fits. Its a beauty.
What a coincidence about the Cat Stevens connection. xxx

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVix

What a wonderful experience - live music is so emotional and energizing - and Cat was one of my very favorites his first time around. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look lovely! xo

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

That is the coolest thing, that you got to see the man (er, men) AND you got to wear THE dress. Fantastic. I love these artists.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Great dress and well done for getting into it, no doubt spurred on by that deadline and a great incentive which I find always helps. What a fabulous thing to do seeing all those concerts.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNorthernmumdownsouth

OMG I love Cat Stevens.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I've always wanted a hat like that! Loooooove that dress!

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHollie

How fantastic to get to see Cat Stevens and Morrissey - more than once, and all over Europe too! It's a wonderful experience to see your idols, at least it is when they don't disappoint.
Love that handkerchief frock too, you look beautiful. Happy new year to you and your very thoughtful fella! xxx

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Jo, so happy to see you back! Thanks for comment in GQ. I too have not been in blogland much these days, with a new little guy on the scene. I've read through your last few posts with relish: so many lovely things to comment on! First, the dress below is dreamy. Second, I know the Lori Ann label - I had a few vintage dresses by that name that I found at Goodwill. I am pretty sure I even bought a new dress at The Bay department store a few years ago with the same label. Third, love that patchwork skirt. I have a blazer with the same pattern and rarely wear it now, but I keep it as I love the pattern so. Your Art Deco jewellery is divine. You look amazing and appear to be having all sorts of cool adventures. All the best for 2015! Xo

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

A wonderful birthday gift by a thoughtful and generous boyfriend. Perfect adventure! Gorgeous outfit, including your large brimmed hat. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

January 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThe Style Crone

What an amazing birthday present!!! I love the hankerchief dress, it is beautiful.

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPenny-Rose

I love the details on this dress. What a great pattern making idea.

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfrenie

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