THE MOST FAMOUS ARTICLE IN POP MUSIC HISTORY
T U E S D A Y, 3 0 M A Y
My face is gruesomely red.
Read a jolly good article on pop-music in yesterday's 'Times' – one of the best articles I’ve ever read. William Mann thinks the Beatles’ new LP is marvellous, and that 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' is "beautiful and Bach-derived." But - I'm so MAD: Mummy's taken the paper down to Rabbit so I'll have to go down the moment I wake to save it.
Drew quite a good picture of Dutronc in ski-clothes in my rough book. Honestly, I just don’t know whether I want to see him again or not. If he comes to visit this summer it's more than likely that he'll treat me as more than just a friend. How I shall react to this I don't know, but it might not be positive. I'd then have to go on writing to him and he could even ask me to stay. On the other hand, there is the possibility I'd like him more and more each time I met him. But somehow I can't see myself falling in love with him.
If I fell in love with somebody I'd want to marry them within the next two years, so if, say, I fell in love at 17 I'd want to marry them at 19, which would be mad. It would be so lovely though if I did fall in love with Dutronc and he fell in love with me. I'm sure he's awfully nice - despite what Daddy says about him having no deep feelings.
My hair is CRONIC at the moment, it's never been so foul. Thank goodness I can put it into bunches.
At supper we talked a bit about universities. Daddy says there is supposed to be rather a lot of drug-taking in Cambridge, and girls go to bed with their boyfriends etc. Does he think it’s immoral, I wonder? I expect he feels it ought to be kept for love.
William Mann (1924-1989), senior music critic on The Times, was one of the first establishment figures to "accord to pop records the respectful attention and scholarly language habitually reserved for 'serious' music." About 'A Day in the Life' he wrote: "Psychedelia can be diagnosed in the fanciful lyric and intriguing asymmetrical music of 'Lucy in the Sky' as well as in the sound effects of 'Lovely Rita', and the hurricane glissandi of 'A Day in the Life'."
Pop music was being taken seriously, and I was over the moon.