“..Young girls were all part of the rock knockabout.
When Blind Faith’s debut album appeared in 1969 with a topless pubescent girl on the cover – it wasn’t widely considered to be a sexual image.
The hugely popular sampler album Fill Your Head With Rock featured a seven-year-old girl sucking a stick of rock – and no impure thought entered anyone’s head.
Original copies of Alice Cooper’s 1972 album School’s Out were shipped with a pair of panties (available in four different colours).
Mary Whitehouse was so busy campaigning against Cooper’s on-stage mock executions that these barely warranted a mention.
Rock’s aristocracy didn’t seem too worried about how their love lives might appear.
Alice Ormsby-Gore, the daughter of a former UK ambassador to Washington, was only 16 when she went out with Eric Clapton in 1968 – and nobody blinked.
Four years later, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was, in the trade paper speak of the time, “squiring” Lori Mattix, a 14-year-old model, around Hollywood.
Only in recent years have eyebrows been raised.
Savile, like most Radio 1 DJs, didn’t move in those circles – but he was one of the presenters on Top Of The Pops – which at times was one of the most sexually provocative shows on TV.
On Thursday nights in the early 70s – every male student in my hall of residence would pile into the TV room to watch the diaphanous writhings and thrustings of Pan’s People.
This didn’t end with the professional dancers.
TV has never had any shame about finding the most physically attractive members of any studio audience and moving them to the front.
This was an era when all any star-struck teenage girl wanted was to be in the audience at TOTP.
The podiums were high, skirts were short and the camera angles low.
Elsewhere, in those days before MTV, the pickings were slim.
Many deejays have a tenuous grasp on reality.
They broadcast only at the pleasure of their masters – who may decide to dispense with their services at very short notice.
They enjoy fame that in their more candid moments – they must realise is undeserved.
When they go out into the real world – to open supermarkets as they did in those days -
- or to sit at a laptop at some freshers’ ball as they do nowadays -
- they encounter people who are every bit as impressed by them – as they would be by the people whose records they play…”
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