By Buster Fayte
For many fans, rockabilly is more than just their favorite music. It’s a lifestyle. What does it mean to live the rockabilly lifestyle? What is it about rockabilly that makes people change not only the music the listen to, but also the way they style their hair, the cars they drive, the way they choose to furnish their homes, and the clothes they wear? I’m not sure I have the definitive answers to those questions (in fact, I’m pretty sure I don’t!), but it’s an interesting discussion to have.
Rockabilly music came along at a time when teenagers where getting restless. They’d had enough of “How Much is that Doggie in the Window” and the rest of the vanilla-flavored, play-it-safe, polite-enough-to-please-your-parents pop music diet they’d been forced to exist on. Country music could be cool, but it wasn’t quite right for the young crowd. Blues music–although wonderful –wasn’t danceable. Rhythm and Blues was great, but as “race” music, it didn’t get wide airplay and the suburban white kids with their growing freedoms and growing buying power didn’t hear much of R&B. Then rockabilly came along and broke all the barriers at once. Rockabilly set those kids free!
It’s this sense of freedom that I think is behind the persistent popularity of rockabilly. When we listen to rockabilly music, we’re transported back to a time when formulas didn’t matter. Or, more accurately, they did matter in that musical formulas existed to be modified, rewritten, or erased and recreated from scratch.
The rockabilly lifestyle is simply an extension of that expression of freedom. The people living the rockabilly lifestyle–call them rockabillies–find joy and comfort in the styles of the 50s. It frees them to imagine a simpler, more innocent time when the music was fresh, bold, and innovative. And the music seems even more meaningful for them when they’re surrounded by things that help foster the illusion of that wild and brash time in musical history.
The rockabillies are also an accepting lot. The original rockabilly cats back in the real 50s often broke color barriers because of the heavy influence that the great black blues players had on them and their music. Several black musicians made a name for themselves as part of the rockabilly scene. In the same way, skin color doesn’t matter to today’s modern rockabillies either. Nor does nationality matter. In fact, it’s the very diversity of the modern rockabilly crowd worldwide that makes it so exciting. You can be a rockabilly to whatever extent you want to be and most other rockabillies will accept your decision. The common thread that holds the rockabilly-lifestyle fabric together is the music. If you simply enjoy the music, you’re as accepted into the rockabilly world as someone who goes whole hog with the cars, clothes, hair, furniture and all the rest. After all; rockabilly has always been about the music. It still is about the music. And it always will be about the music.
So, what is the “rockabilly lifestyle?” Let the music guide you to the answer!
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