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Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

  • Take Five – Candid Photos of Jazz Musicians

    • 682 Views • 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Hanging OutComments Off on Take Five – Candid Photos of Jazz Musicians

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  • Baby Huey – Listen to Me

    • 576 Views • 1960s, 1970s, MusicComments Off on Baby Huey – Listen to Me

    Modern music is littered with tales of bands who never quite realised the success they were due and arguably most of the records played on the Rare Soul scene are the sound of broken dreams; recording artists who started off with high hopes but were denied...

  • Know the score – Sheet Music Covers

    • 821 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Book Covers, Music, UncategorizedComments Off on Know the score – Sheet Music Covers

     We’re not sure if sheet music of current popular music hits sell particularly well these days so we’ll take a look back to simpler times when folk would presumably sit around the family piano and enjoy pop classics as a family sing-a-long. Conjures up...

  • Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book 1975

    • 8328 Views • 1970s, Furniture, UncategorizedComments Off on Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book 1975

    Back to 1975 and we cast our beady eyes over the ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ decorating book which was, as they say, very much of its time. It all looks pretty dated now but this was the era of Glam Rock and all the excess that came with it and you can...

  • Marvin Gaye – The Acting Years

    • 4989 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Film, UncategorizedComments Off on Marvin Gaye – The Acting Years

    Much has been written about Marvin Gaye’s songwriting and singing as well as his undeniable influence on modern music in numerous ways. What is less well-known is his desire to break into acting and the two movies he starred in before his acting ambitions...

  • Life through a lens – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

    • 6686 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Everyday People, Photographers, UncategorizedComments Off on Life through a lens – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

    As one of Britain’s first black photographers Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi was blazing a trail for others to follow but this really is only part of the story. As a disabled 26 year old in Nigeria, Tex’s childhood polio saw him regarded as an outcast. As a...

  • Groovy Seventies German Magazine Adverts.

    • 6804 Views • 1970s, Retro Advertising, UncategorizedComments Off on Groovy Seventies German Magazine Adverts.

    We’ve unearthed a veritable stash of pretty groovy German magazine ads from the early 1970s. Whether the styling is much different to UK magazine ads of the same period is open to discussion but they certainly have a different feel although that may just be...

  • Saturday Night Live 1975 – Gil Scott-Heron and Richard Pryor

    • 12167 Views • 1970s, Music, TelevisionComments Off on Saturday Night Live 1975 – Gil Scott-Heron and Richard Pryor

    Here we have a really lovely video clip of Gil Scott-Heron with Brian Jackson and his band on Saturday Night Live from December 1975 promoting his album ‘From South Africa to South Carolina’. Following an introduction by Richard Pryor we see Gil, Brian...

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

    • 10190 Views • 1970s, FilmComments Off on Black Rodeo – Nobody Ever Told You There Were Black Cowboys

    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...

  • Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

    • 13800 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Fashion, Retro AdvertisingComments Off on Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

    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...