[Jude's words appear regularly in the likes of the Guardian, Observer, The Word and New Statesman – for further information, see her own webpage at www.juderogers.com. The links below are to more personal, independently conceived writings. Click on the image to open the page in a new window.]
In recent years, I keep getting drawn to landscapes where change reveals itself powerfully, their coasts fallen, their buildings emptied, their valleys drowned, their people gone. To me, these vanishing points form a huge part of who we are, and say so much about our country, as well as my consciousness.
Written in the last 50 days of the last decade, an alternative end-of-decade list – one that doesn’t tell you why this record mattered, or that record counted, but simply tells the story of a 21-year-old girl who grew into a 31-year-old woman, and the songs that soundtracked and shaped her life.
Baudelaire probably waved his hair beautifully into the wind while he walked; I let mine skidaddle in the air, unwashed and silvery. I’m no Iain Sinclair either; I only care about lines that guide me across zebras, or past red and green men. My heart doesn’t pine for the leys that may or may not exist, it beats for the Lee Navigation River I can trace with my feet.
Band t-shirts say things about us, tell stories about us, take us back to times, places and people, never really leave us behind. This is a blog about band t-shirts people owned, that still mean something to them, and why.