María José Belbel Bullejos
Oh, Echoes of Shadows of Memories of Songs *
Autobiography as a performative act
I’ve been very fond of music and dancing since I was very young. My family from my mother’side used to sing flamenco.
I remember a time without a record-player, then my parents bought a Grundig pickup in the early sixties, and inmediately after that, television came up. At first, we didn’t have a set and we used to go and watch it at a hotel as if we were going to the cinema, it was such an amazing thing; later, my parents bought our first TV set around 1963. I say that because I heard of Kennedy’s murder on TV, I like being able to answer the question where were you when President Kennedy was murdered?, which is maybe the first international American question I’m aware of. Access to television was highly important for Spain opening up to popular culture massively. Having a record-player, a TV set and a car was sheer luxury in here at that time. In the mid-sixties, The Beatles were a massive cultural phenomenon everywhere, including Franco’s Spain.
* Taken from the song When my boy walks down the street by The Magnetic Fields.
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