The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men is around age 70.
Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. But around age 70, life — or at least the perception of happiness — begins to go downhill. [more inside]
Whether taking all mankind close to the edge
with his keyboard contributions
to every punk's favorite prog-rock band Yes
, or going it solo
(in fully sequined gown) with all Six Wives of Henry VIII
all the way to the center of the earth
, or perhaps with figure skating Knights of the Round Table
, or composing the score for Ken Russell's Liztomania
in it), or doing definitive session work for the likes of David Bowie
, Black Sabbath
, or candidly singing the praises
... [more inside]
In the early eighties, Orson Welles was a fixture at L.A.’s Ma Maison, where Wolfgang Puck was the chef before he moved on to Spago. Nearing 70, and 40-plus years removed from Citizen Kane, which he made when he was just 25, Welles was fat and famously difficult, no longer a viable star but still a sort of Hollywood royalty—a very certain sort. The younger director Henry Jaglom was one of many aspiring auteurs who admired him but possibly the only one who taped their conversations. These took place in 1983 over lunch at the restaurant.
Jarvis Cocker interviewed in the Guardian.
"Music's changed in that way. People still listen to it, but it's not as central, it's more like a scented candle. It sets the mood."
For the duration of three profanity-laden LPs in the 1970s, Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
were two disgusting foul mouthed oafs named Derek
. Listen to them here (real)
; here be transcripts