It’s the female version of the male flapper, who has long been popular with both sexes. When I was growing up, we also called females “flappers”. I don’t think it’s quite the same. But when you think about it, both of them are pretty similar.
Have you met any flappers?
I really didn’t go on to meet any in the 1950s. I met a lot of them in the 1970s – those days everyone was interested in what was going on with the Beatles, the hippies, the acid kids, all that stuff, so when I was growing up, flappers weren’t really on your radar. But I met and got to know a lot of them through the ’80s!
It must have been quite an important year in Britain, since Britain has lost an army of singers and entertainers to Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and countless others?
[The Beatles] were doing really great, and then the Rolling Stones came along and then all of them. So there was a lot of energy, and that led to many new talent.
How do you think Flapper Alley would have fared without that energy?
You never know what’s going to come and go. I’d like to think that Flapper Alley would have thrived without the Beatles.
How do you feel about the way the music industry has grown? It seems the way musicians and entertainers have chosen to interact has changed significantly.
I think that with the rise of the internet and the rise of people being able to communicate on the internet, and being able to do what we do with music, I feel good about the way we look at the way things have changed in the music business. We’ve done things very, very differently.
And what do you think will be the result of the way the internet plays out, in the years to come?
I really hope that it’s going to be something that continues. Because I think that a lot of things that are happening in the music business these days are not going to change. You’ll continue to hear people saying that music is a dying art, and the whole thing is so commercialised it’s all about the fans and that’s it. That’s all wrong, we should have a more balanced approach.
What do you think is going to happen with the music industry in the next few years?
The record industry is one of a kind