Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jeff Beck, philosopher

In his essay “On Idleness”, published in 1580, Michel de Montaigne wrote:
The mind that has no fixed aim loses itself, for, as they say, to be everywhere is to be nowhere.
Which is almost exactly what Jeff Beck sings in his 1967 hit “Hi Ho Silver Lining”:
You’re everywhere and nowhere, baby,
That’s where you’re at.
Here he performs the song at the ARMS fundraiser concert in the Albert Hall in 1983 with two great singers backing him, Steve Winwood (white shirt) and Andy Fairweather Low (tragic shirt):

You can pick up the 2-DVD set real cheap these days – it’s great for fans of 60s Britrock, with Eric Clapton, half the Stones, half the Yardbirds (Beck, Clapton and Jimmy Page) and a bonus pair of Small Faces.


laughykate said...

If you took a still frame of Jeff from that - you would put money on the fact that it was shot this decade...and not 1983.

Dave Hillier said...

Jeff Beck quoting Montaigne - now that's what I call "pop culture".