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  • Unexpected Gem: Marti Caine – Love the Way You Love Me

    1980s, Unexpected Gems • 2419 Views

    Another in our occasional series of charity shop classics comes Marti Caine with a sultry slab of deep and dirty bass-driven funk taken from her 1981 album Point of View which, should you happen to spot it at a car boot sale, is now going for somewhere in the region of £400 !

    Marti Caine, for those who are too young to remember, was a popular UK TV entertainer in the late 1970s onwards. Her life story is certainly worth telling so make a brew, sit down and read-on. Continue Reading

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  • Going to a Go-Go -1965 Tamla Motown Revue UK Tour Programme

    1960s, Music • 2099 Views

    In the box marked ‘Gigs We Wish We Had Seen’ and fairly near the top of that particular pile comes the 1965 Motown Revue. Featuring, on the same bill, the varied talents of Earl Van Dyke, Martha and the Vandellas, Georgie Fame, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder it must have been a pretty special night.

    Even us old codgers here at VoEA HQ weren’t born back in ’65 but we’ve managed to uncover some scans of the programme sold at the events. Feast your eyes on a historical document that’s now over 50 years old. Continue Reading

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  • Liberta’ E Paura – Ten Italian Easy Rider Lobby Cards

    1960s, Film • 2320 Views

    As far as counter-culture films go, not many have been as influential or as controversial as Easy Rider. Notable for the use of the actual article in the drugs scenes, as one of the movies that kicked off the whole ‘New Hollywood’ (or American New Wave – basically young directors on low budgets being given free rein for the first time) era of filmmaking in the early 1970s and as one of the first films to explore the whole counter-culture experience of the late sixties. It was a critical and commercial success bringing in a whopping $60 million worldwide from a budget of some $360,000. Interestingly the licensing costs for the soundtrack cost almost three times that of the shooting of the film coming in at $1 million. Continue Reading

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  • Black Rodeo – Nobody Ever Told You There Were Black Cowboys

    1970s, Film • 2098 Views

    It may seem hard to believe now, but back in 1971 there was a Black Rodeo in New York’s Harlem district and the whole event was not only captured on film but released as a documentary the following year. The film was directed by Jeff Kanew, music was supplied by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Lee Dorsey with additional starring roles by Muhammad Ali and actor (and former athlete) Woody Strode. Continue Reading

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  • Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

    1960s, 1970s, Fashion, Retro Advertising • 2971 Views

    As the preferred brand of many an American 1960s-game show host, New York based Botany 500 were the go-to suit makers of choice for the well to-do natty dressers of the time; as well as the good people who dressed Ryan O’Neal in Love Story, Dick Van Dyke in his eponymous early Sixties show and perhaps most importantly supplied the threads for the great Rod Serling in his memorable Twilight Zone monologues. Continue Reading

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  • Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

    1960s, 1970s, Ephemera, Poster, Retro Advertising • 4056 Views

    We like a tidy office here at VoEA and we also hate litter bugs. Ooh yes we do. So now we’ll cast our eyes back to somewhere around 1973 and the then campaign by the good people at Keep Britain Tidy. An organisation that was first established back in 1955 and initiated by the Women’s Institute.

    Keep Britain Tidy are still running today and still doing sterling work in trying to keep our towns, cities and countryside free from the droppings of those pesky litter louts. Continue Reading

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  • Johnson C. Smith University – 1970 Yearbook

    1970s, Ephemera • 7130 Views

    2016 has been a funny old year in many ways and recent events in the USA have only served to emphasise the strange times we’re currently living through. So, by way of a change, and as a breath of vintage fresh air we are heading over the pond to the Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina – a historically black university in the southern states of the USA. Continue Reading

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  • Voices of East Harlem – 1970 Tanglewood Concert

    1970s, Music • 8672 Views

    The sharp eyed amongst you may have gathered that we are big fans of the Voices of East Harlem here at VoEA so much so that we named our blog with more than a nod to the band.

    We will do a longer post on the band sometime soon but in the meantime check out this footage from them when they played at the noted Tanglewood venue in Massachusetts in the summer of 1970. Oh, and don’t forget they are pretty much a bunch of kids coming as they do from the East Harlem Federation Youth Association. Continue Reading

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  • Old Habitats Die Hard

    1960s, 1970s, Ephemera, Furniture • 11904 Views

    Having been through a number of ups and downs in recent years Habitat are still gamely struggling on but are nowhere near the furnishing behemoth they were at their peak in the 1970s and 80s when they seemingly dominated the UK market for scatter cushions, bean bags and stripped pine bedding boxes.
    Quite where they went wrong we’re not sure but that’s by-the-by as here we take a look back at the early Habitat days when Terence Conran had a vision to brighten up dreary post-war Britain and helped by the newly-launched Sunday supplements plus a penchant for self-promotion managed to do just that. Continue Reading

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  • Bikinis Y Rock – Groovy Seventies Mexican Film

    1970s, Film, Music, Uncategorized • 9938 Views

    There are films where the music doesn’t quite match up to the plot and acting then there are films where the music is really the only reason you’re likely to watch the film. To be honest Bikinis y rock falls into the latter category but the music really is quite something and we firmly believe you will dig this – if you don’t then we’re clearly barking up the wrong tree. Continue Reading

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