A group of about 40 elders, ranging in age from 78 to 99 and calling themselves The Zimmers, have recorded The Who’s tune, My Generation, at the historic Abbey Road studio in London. The video is one of the latest hits on YouTube. Lead singer, 90-year-old Alf Caretta, told the BBC:
“I can't believe this is happening. For me to have recorded a song in the same studio as the Beatles is just so exciting. I feel like the whole experience has brought me back to life. I was stuck in a rut and now I feel alive again.”
- BBC News, 13 April 2007
The group was brought together by documentary filmmaker Tim Samuels, who has made a series about disenfranchised groups fighting back:
“'This is about old people sticking it back to the society that has cast them aside,' says Samuels."
Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen – The Zimmers…
Zimmers’ producer, Mike Hedges, who has worked with U2 and other contemporary bands says,
“My grandmother died when she was in her nineties and my mother in her late, late seventies and I miss them. Old people are highly entertaining to talk to. Their experiences, the things they talk about are just fantastic - really, really exciting. People forget that they know a lot and they've been through a lot."
Isn’t this band cool and it's even cooler that the young professionals working with the band have their heads screwed on straight about age.
[Virginia DeBolt gave her story a terrific title: The Tomato Patch Smoocher. It's at The Elder Storytelling Place today.]