Video Roundup: National Senior Citizens Day

Kim Gordon, age 61 // photo by Hilary Harris

Frankly, every damn day should be National Senior Citizens Day (sorry for the language, gramma), but August 21st is officially the day we honor the elders in our community. The day was designated in 1988 by then-president Ronald Reagan, who added, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

KEXP agrees, and today we offer a Video Roundup salute to some of our favorite senior musicians (reports differ, but the age 60 seems to be the median age to be declared “senior”). These artists prove that age ain’t nothin’ but a number as they continue to compose and perform music with every passing year. Watch below and be inspired.

Kim Gordon, age 61

David Bowie, age 67

Bob Dylan, age 73

Patti Smith, age 68

Leonard Cohen, age 79

Jody Stephens, age 61

Iggy Pop, age 67

Robyn Hitchcock, age 61

Kate Pierson, age 66; Fred Schneider, age 63; Keith Strickland, age 60

Yoko Ono, age 81

David Byrne, age 62

Dick Dale, age 77

Bootsy Collins, age 62

Jonathan Richman, age 63

Mavis Staples, age 75

Willie Nelson, age 81

Ray Davies, age 70

Giorgio Moroder, age 74

Tom Waits, age 64

Brian Eno, age 66

Bettye LaVette, age 68

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