“My work ethic is ridiculous. I start work as soon as I get up and I finish work either when I’m about to drop or when I’m going out for dinner. Creative people don’t retire”
Sadly I still haven’t been able to start the growing pile of potentially brilliant books beside my bed. Despite having more time than ever to read, I just can’t seem to concentrate, even when I regularly wake at 4am (menopause or lockdown anxiety – who knows?). The only thing that gets me off to sleep is a podcast – which is great for getting me back to sleep, but annoying as I always miss the end!
I have been loving The Last Bohemians – which is now in its second season – a brilliant series that meets older women who have been influential and often controversial outsiders in arts and culture.
Subversive musicians, rock’n’roll groupies, groundbreaking artists and game-changing style icons, these women have lived life on the edge and still refuse to play by the rules.
In series one, we met British bohemian icon Molly Parkin, artist and musician Cosey Fanni Tutti, countess and LSD campaigner Amanda Feilding, 2-Tone pioneer Pauline Black, playwright and personality Bonnie Greer and Pamela Des Barres, who looks back on her life as groupie through the lens of the #MeToo movement.
Series two features eight episodes, which are being released weekly and so far has included Folk legend Judy Collins, 80, discussing Dylan, hard-drinking and what motivates her to keep performing, British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes looking back on 50 years of her career; P.P. Arnold tells her incredible story of being a soul survivor from the Swinging Sixties, Gee Vaucher of Crass gives us a tour of her radical Essex commune, club kid and Lucian Feud muse, Sue Tilley leads shares memories of nights at the infamous 80s club Taboo with her best mate Leigh Bowery, experimental film-maker Vivienne Dick explains why New York’s 1970s no wave scene was so special, Margaret Busby, the UK’s youngest and first black woman publisher, looks back at her inspiring career; and Maxine Sanders remembers being at the centre of the witchcraft boom in the 1970s.
Uncompromising and inspiring these women have remained true to their artistic roots – and are refreshing in their creative approach to growing older.