it's only rock and roll


i don't know which olsen twin this is or when this photo was taken,
but i do know this t shirt.














it's 1975










my very first rolling stones concert.








i kept this t shirt all these years.  every move i've made since i was 17 it went with me.
this t shirt brings back so many memories.
imagine my surprise when one of the olsens was wearing my t.


there is a lesson here somewhere.
something like be careful when decluttering.



i have a handful of things that i thank God i did not toss.
there was something special about each piece that i kept.
maybe it was sentimental or maybe it was a perfect fit or a classic style.


it makes me happy to share this t shirt with you on this friday.

yay, it's friday!


xo
janet

53 comments

  1. and she probably doesn't realize what a true classic it is.
    I have a few things too that will never find themselves in the goodwill bag. Everything else in my house can go though!

    You look marvelous...vintage suits you. Happy Friday the 13th! Hope it's a good one for you. :)

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  2. Dear Janet - be careful when decluttering - wise words indeed! meanwhile I have been reading old Keef Richards' autobiography..xx

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  3. I know it's only 'rock and roll', but you liked it, and kept it...and you are definitely rocking that shirt... much more so than the Olsen...You go girl! What a great piece to have in your wardrobe at any time in your life...you certainly proved that!

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  4. I love this look! This also means your size hasn't changed much since 1975, no small feat either! I also keep certain things for sentimental value and it is amazing what survived the test of time, many times it is not what I thought it would... And the Olsen girl looks fab in it too.

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    1. i think i may have been misunderstood when i said that you rocked this t shirt more so than the Olsen...i didn't mean for it to sound like she didn't look good...i just like the way you are wearing it as opposed to the way she is...your look is chic and refined and hers is much more boho casual...both nice styles, but i prefer the more refined chic casual look you gave the shirt...that's all...hope this helps...

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  5. Love the t and "the look.". Decluttering is a good thing and saving the "memory keepers" is a good thing too.

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  6. I believe I saw my first Stones concert in 1975 as well. Or was it 73? I don't remember. What I do remember about the day was that I went to the concert on a date. I have a much younger brother that my sister and I babysat most of our teen years, and the day of the concert (it was at Angel Stadium in Anaheim) it was my turn to babysit him. So we took him along to the concert (it wasn't the first - or last - time he went on a date with me)! He was 6 or 7! Wow. The boy who took us brought my brother down to the stage to see Mick up close. That kid saw a lot of things he probably wasn't supposed to see at such a young age, but he doesn't seem to be any the worse for wear! I haven't thought about that in a very long time. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane!

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  7. Goodmorning~
    The fact that you can still fit into that t-shirt is amazing! I am about the same age as you are and remember my first concert as well. It was a Jackson Browne concert in San Jose Ca. Jimmy Buffet was there as was Warren Zevon and Les Dudek. Bet nobody remembers Les. Anyway, I bought a Jackson Browne t-shirt and I still have it!!! No way can I fit into it but it sure does bring back a great memory!. By the way~your hair looks fab! You are the reason I stopped coloring my hair!
    Happy Friday~ April Baldwin

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    1. it does still fit but it's much tighter than in '75.

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  8. Hooray! I have a Bruce Springsteen shirt from 1984. You've inspired me - you look fantastic. I'm going to hunt it down.

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  9. Well, I must say it looks much better on you!

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  10. You are so cool - it brings a smile to my face. I wanted to let you know that I have been following your directions for an "old fashioned" face wash this week and my skin has never looked better. I knew I wasn't getting it completely clean, but I kept trying different cleansers - some didn't even take ANY of my make-up off. So frustrating. Some were so harsh. It takes time and I have to take a breath and remind myself that it isn't a race. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge - especially since it is essentially your livelyhood that you are sharing for free. What a very gracious lady you are. I hope you have a wonderful weekend - today is my birthday, Friday the 13th - but I have never been more blessed in my life!

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  11. good timing on this message to be careful when decluttering. I'm in the throws of it and I'm on the verge of getting rid of everything--you've reminded me there are some things worth keeping, like Drew's baby sweaters. I know he'll never wear them, but they are so precious and they are memories.

    Can't believe a concert T from when you were 17 is still around and in good wearable condition AND that it fits. I have a Dead T from the early eighties that I wouldn't dare wear in public.

    Happy Weekend

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  12. My granddaughter plundered a dresser in the spare room recently and found one of my old Rolling Stone t-shirts. She thought I was cool! It was definitely worth keeping just for that moment!

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  13. Rock on, Janet!

    Happy Friday,
    t

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  14. Oh my gosh you are a super fox in that shirt! These are very wise words. I have a tendency to purge all "clutter" and then every once in a while I go "I can't believe I donated that!" It is fine balance, I suppose...

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  15. "but I like it......like it"!!

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  16. I'm with the "wow-you-still-fit-in-your-T" brigade!! I do still have some Ts though - my first "big" concert was 1980 AC/DC's Back in Black tour... it was such fun seeing them again a couple of years ago for about the 5th time, after a long break.
    You look great - the hair is coming along very nicely, also my inspiration for allowing my hair to gently "slide"...

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  17. i love this post, janet!
    and that you still have that shirt.
    i think it would look amazing styled with a cardigan and pearls ♥

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  18. lovely! i have seen the stones several times but not in 1975 (i wasn't allowed out after 7pm). xo

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  19. I'm just amazed that you can fit into something you wore when you were 17!! Love those wide-legged jeans, too.

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  20. Well Janet, You are rockin' that t-shirt. Way better the Olsen kid too. Smiles, Susie

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  21. You get younger looking everyday Janet! Maybe it's the t-shirt...maybe it's the haircut (love it), maybe it's the wide leg jeans...you look fabulous! you make an excellent point on de-cluttering! Years ago I gave away a LV satchel bag and a smallish Gucci bag that my daughter would now love and I would still be using that LV bag. What was I thinking? Oh and a Burberry trench too! Oh well...life goes on! Have a wonderful weekend...I'm loving the rain!
    xo
    annie

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  22. A timely post Janet. My fashionista daughter is styling a shoot this weekend, the theme is 70's style and she was picking my brain about what I wore in my teenage years. One of the mainstays of course was the humble rock and roll T-shirt.
    How I wish I'd kept some garments from this era. Don't ever de-clutter this T! Looks fab on you too.
    xx

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  23. You are just soooo cute. Haircut is awesome!!! Now you just have to 'move like Jaggar.' :-)
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  24. Oh this made me smile, and regret that I didn't hang on tight to one of my old t's. Can't remember when I lost track of it. I will heed your advice to be careful while decluttering.

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    1. silly me. Forgot to sign off.
      Colleen

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  25. Janet love it and you look better in it than that Olsen sister! I recently found an old Adam Ant concert T I kept. I thought it would be so fun to wear or show my kids, but then realized the back said, "Pure Sex." Not very cool anymore to me! Don't know how I wore it before!

    Have a great weekend!
    Kim:)

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  26. You look so good J. I've given a way a few things I miss- a denim jacket, a black lace dress, a green frock. I miss them.

    I'm having vegetarians for dinner and you could eat so much of what I've cooked I think. Without the yogurt dressing.

    xxxxx

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  27. I always thought you were cool Janet, but you have just put yourself in a whole new category! I have no words to describe how awesome it is that you still have that shirt!!!!!
    A few months ago I took the kids into Manhattan and stood in Trash and Vaudeville in the Village lamenting that I threw away band tshirts from the 80's and 90's that are still for sale there. I can think of two of them that I wish I still had.

    P.S. Kudos to you for still fitting in a shirt from 1975...that in itself is awesome!

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  28. Oh don't!! Every time I see a Rolling Stones Tee I kick myself for getting rid of one of mine from the late 70's. And don't get me started on two amazing BIBA dresses.. (that was my mother's fault). You look fabulous in your Tee - better than that Olsen twin I'd say, any day. !! x

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  29. You really struck a chord with me this morning...that's the rub---I don't always get it right and I can still get all tight in the chest about something that I should never have gotten rid of. But usually, I think we just instinctively know, somehow, what to hold onto with a vice grip. I love this post.

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  30. Janet,
    And you wear much better than that olsen!

    I've got the paint color somewhere in my office. I'll search it out and email you...

    R

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  31. You look fabulous, i love your look....the jeans look great paired with the t and your sandals.

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  32. Janet-
    You and your t-shirt are priceless.
    pve

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  33. So Cute Janet!
    I can't even speak of all the clothes I despair having thrown away...
    No concert t-shirts but
    I do love my "Withnail & I" t-shirt !!

    Don't you wish we still had all our jeans from that decade?! Oh the stories they could tell...

    First concert; T.Rex ! (I caught his tambourine :) )

    Happy Weekend xx
    SP

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    1. oh i'd kill for my chemin de fer jeans from the 70's. omg, they were killer.

      t. rex has to be the unluckiest band ever. i think they all died untimely deaths within a year or 2 or ea other? if you had that tambourine it would prob be worth a lot of money.

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  34. I still have my George McGovern t-shirt from 1972. My first presidential campaign. He was a rock star to me back then.

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    1. i think i had a campaign button from mcgovern. how funny!

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  35. You should be very proud, not only that you've hung onto a cult classic T but also that it still fits. You're a testament to classic style, with a twist of cool and a dollop of healthy living.

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  36. i thought you were going to say that top photo was a pic of you as a teen!

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  37. Went to the free Stones concert in Hyde Park in 1969. I just didn't realise the significance at the time: we just turned up!

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  38. Rock on Janet! My first concert was ZZ Top. Do not have my concert tee......but my mother in law was smart enough to keep all of my husband's, and she made a quilt from them all. I think he wishes they were still available to wear instead.

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  39. that makes us the same age :)
    jamie

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  40. and it's still fits! yay!!!

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  41. I love this! You sure know how to curate a clothing collection!

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  42. How cool to have a tee from the 70's. You look better in it than she does! I'll always regret giving away my Phi Theta Kappa sweatshirt from junior college.

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