Rock and a hard place

31st March 2000 at 01:00
HORMONES and hayfever are already powerful handicaps for teenagers struggling with A-levels and GCSEs. Not only do the exams come at the wrong time of the year - when summer beckons tantalisingly through the window - but the wrong time of life, when there are much more exciting things to do.

And now the hand of fate intervenes once more. Instead of acting as a welcome antidote to academia at the tail-end of exams, Glastonbury - - the festival as famous for its mud as its music - comes sandwiched neatly between several mass-entry A-levels. Popular subjects, such as geography English and business studies, are affected by the clash of dates. The chatrooms of the Glastonbury website are abuzz with injustice.

Whilst teenagers' patience should not be tried too far, the schoolboy frustrations of Mick Jagger (see Friday magazine) provide some hope. Homework almost ruled out dancing and music, and any desire to forgo a banking career for one in rock'n'roll had to be kept quiet.

Forty years on, he's worth pound;120 million and still going strong. And all, you could argue, because I Can't Get No Satisfaction sounded - and was - so heartfelt.

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