Saturday, 16 April 2016

Last night a DJ saved my life

“This fellow outside the door said ‘You don’t want to go in there, madam’ and I told him, ‘Yes I jolly well do, it’s my grandson’s birthday!’”
Ruth Flowers

Ruth Flowers (1931-2014), also known as "Mamy Rock" was a very special British disc jockey. She started developing an interest in becoming a disc jockey at her grandson's birthday in 2005 when she joined him at a London nightclub.
“It was frightfully noisy of course, and there were all these lights flashing but what I realised was that these young people were just having so much fun. So I said to my grandson, ‘You know what darling, I could arrange things like this, for the local kids.' And he said he thought that would be very cool.”

She met French music producer Aurelien Simon and talked with him about the idea of becoming an elderly DJ. Five years later she was a regular feature on the European club circuit where she zipped in many countries such as France, Italy, Belgium and Austria.

“To be honest, I just thought that was the craziest thing I’d ever heard. But what did I have to lose?”

“I don’t know why they make such a fuss of me, but it’s like adoration. It’s all photograph, photograph, kissy kiss kissy. They try to hug me, they tell me they want me to be their grandma, they even throw roses at me - which let me tell you, is quite amazing for a woman of my age!”
Ruth Flowers

Weekend DJ Link Pack:

::: Indeep: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
::: David Bowie: I am a DJ
::: Beck: Where It's At
::: Pet Shop Boys: DJ Culture
::: Giorgio Moroder: I Feel Love
::: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: The Last DJ
::: Ruth Flowers: Still Rocking

photographs via and via and via, information via