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

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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    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

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    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...

  • Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

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    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...

  • Johnson C. Smith University – 1970 Yearbook

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    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...

  • Voices of East Harlem – 1970 Tanglewood Concert

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    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...

  • Old Habitats Die Hard

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    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,...

  • Bikinis Y Rock – Groovy Seventies Mexican Film

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    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...

  • Sonny and Cher Custom Cars – We’ve Got Two Babe

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    As one of the most successful duets of the 1960s selling some 40 million records Sonny & Cher rarely turned down an opportunity to maximise the marketing opportunities that came their way and this has to be one of the most obscure. Created by noted US...

  • Frank Sinatra and The Fifth Dimension

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    May we present to you the rather excellent Fifth Dimension combining with Mr Frank Sinatra on the 1968 TV special  ‘Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing’. It has to be said Mr Sinatra is looking a little awkward at times but be consoled by...

  • Pop and Shop – 1966 Underground Antics

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    It’s 1966, it’s Oxford Street in the heart of swinging London, it’s a bit nippy outside by the looks of it and a new concept has hit the streets – or more accurately hit the basements beneath the streets but you know what we mean....

  • Tread Lightly – Clark’s Shoes Adverts

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    By way of a tribute to Walter White’s Wallabees (and if you don’t know who Walter White is by now then we urge you to check out Breaking Bad ) we’ve put together a post to honour the good people at Clark’s in sunny Somerset and also...

  • Back to the Future – 50 Years Back

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    We understand the kind of people who like to predict what life will be like in 20, 30 or 50 years time are called Futurologists and it seems their role in life is to predict possible, probable and preferable futures. Well, if they are as accurate as the...

  • Bobbye Hall – The Queen of Percussion Drumming

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    She’s a successful musician in what is very much a man’s world, she was the youngest session musician in Motown’s history, has been the percussionist on some of the finest records ever and played with the likes of Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Bill...

  • Peter Zinovieff and The Computer Orchestra

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    It may seem quite antiquated and almost comical now but have a look at the video below and witness what was the basis for one of the first ever synthesizers, conceived and built by Peter Zinovieff who went on to supply his wares to such luminaries as Pink...

  • Peter Max – Psychedelic Pop-Art Pioneer

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    Many artists influenced the whole late-sixties psychedelic movement and up there amongst them is a certain Peter Max. A man whose interest in astronomy led to what he termed his ‘Cosmic ‘60s’ period featuring early psychedelic and counter-culture...

  • Just One More! – Creative Cartoon Covers

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    The good people at the snappily titled Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (henceforth known as the PPAGLA and formerly known as the Los Angeles Press Photographers Association) have been around since 1936 and by the looks of things are...

  • Jean-Jacques Perrey – French Electronic Pioneer on US TV Game Show

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    For those of you who haven’t stumbled across the unique electronic music of Jean-Jacques Perrey then this could be the start of a beautiful musical journey, for those of you who have, here is an opportunity to see the great man himself appearing on an...

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Our Favourite Shop – HMV Stores In The Eighties

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We’ll start off by warning you – These pictures are nowhere near as exciting as the previous HMV 1960s Oxford street store photos we’ve posted....

More From The HMV Oxford Street Record Store in London

After the runaway success of our Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties post, we thought we’d have another look around...

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HMV Nipper Car – Wymondham Wheels of Steel

A couple of bootiful photos of a Car used by “Smiths of Wymondham” in Norfolk. The car has the legendary HMV dog Nipper hanging...

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Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties

We’ve previously seen the outside of the HMV record store in our feature on the Streets of London 1976-1978, Now we go further back...

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Futuristic Futuristic

Back to the Future – 50 Years Back

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We understand the kind of people who like to predict what life will be like in 20, 30 or 50 years time are called Futurologists and it seems their role in life is to...

The Honeywell Kitchen Computer

We tend to forget how far we’ve progressed in the last half-century or so when it comes to labour saving devices in...

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Walter Pichler – Austrian Avant-Garde Architectural Artist

Sometimes people are defined by a single event or moment in their lives despite there often being a multitude of other...

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Up, Up & Away – Hey Kids it’s the Skycar

Who of us hasn’t, when sat in a never-ending traffic jam, imagined the delight to be had in rising above the cars,...

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Posters from the past Posters from the past

Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

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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...

Super Seventies Japanese Film Posters

Here we have the long awaited sequel to our Swinging sixties Japanese film posters feature. This time we head back to the seventies and...

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Flight of your Life – Pan Am Posters

Pan American World Airlines or Pan Am as they were known throughout the World was from 1927 through to 1991 the largest airline in the...

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Frank McCarthy’s Movie Poster Magic

In another of our occasional posts on little-known artists who created very well-known film posters we take a brief look at the life and...

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Retro Advertising Retro Advertising

Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

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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...

Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

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...

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Tread Lightly – Clark’s Shoes Adverts

By way of a tribute to Walter White’s Wallabees (and if you don’t know who Walter White is by now then we...

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I’m Just a Seventies Fashion Fair Cosmetics Advert

During the seventies Ebony magazine published a series of adverts for the company Fashion Fair Cosmetics. The...

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Fashion Fashion

Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

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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...

Pop and Shop – 1966 Underground Antics

It’s 1966, it’s Oxford Street in the heart of swinging London, it’s a bit nippy outside by the looks of it and a new...

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Tread Lightly – Clark’s Shoes Adverts

By way of a tribute to Walter White’s Wallabees (and if you don’t know who Walter White is by now then we urge you to check out...

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Carnaby Street in Caracas

It’s been very well documented over the years that the city of London was the hip and happening place to be during the...

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Hanging Out Hanging Out

That’s a Wrap – 1967 Point Blank Party

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When English director John Boorman had completed filming the classic 1967 thriller Point Blank, he decided to celebrate the occasion by bringing a slice of swinging...

The Yardbirds Garden Gig

Back to 1964 and an impromptu gig by The Yardbirds in the back garden of writer and political activist Baron Willis. It...

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Hanging Out in Record Shops in the Swinging Sixties

Recently a picture of Jimi Hendrix in a record shop featured on the official poster to promote the annual Record store...

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Hanging Out with Michael Caine in Los Angeles

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, we guess you’re aware of the work of actor Michael Caine and...

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Strictly Vinyl Strictly Vinyl

Pop Stars on The Wheel of Steel

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Continuing our obsession with vinyl related picture collections, we bring you a selection of pop stars playing their favourite discs. We start off funky with Stax...

The Shadows of Knight – Doin’ The Potato Chip

Recently on our Facebook page we posted a picture of a packet of crisps featuring seventies rockers Slade. After making this discovery we...

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Sanctified Soul – Pastor T.L. Barrett

One of our  faves and a record that’s been getting heavy rotation on the VoEA office record player is the stunningly good ‘Like a Ship...

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London Calling – The Sound of Big Ben

Is there a more potent symbol of London and England than Big Ben? Probably not judging by the number of album covers we’ve managed to dig...

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Shooting From The Hip Shooting From The Hip

Detroit and Beyond

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Now we go back to a time when Budweiser six pack vans cruised the streets of Michigan, Darth Vader walked amongst the surfers of Whitmore Lake and a 1972 film titled...

Shooting The Hip – Photographer Jeanloup Sieff

The chances are you’ve seen his work before but have never put a name to the photographs. His style is very much his...

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Down At The Nightclub – Billy Monk’s Sixties Photos

Although he never really set out to Billy Monk ended up unintentionally cataloguing the seedy underbelly of 1960s life...

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Harry Goodwin – Pop Photographer Extraordinaire

Whether they used to say if you hadn’t been snapped by Harry Goodwin then you hadn’t made it is open to conjecture...

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Documentaries Documentaries

Pop and Shop – 1966 Underground Antics

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It’s 1966, it’s Oxford Street in the heart of swinging London, it’s a bit nippy outside by the looks of it and a new concept has hit the streets...

Behind Closed Doors – Ray Manzarek

We don’t really do obituaries here at VoEA as many others do it so much better than we ever could. However when we see a side to someone...

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Radio Student – Keeping it Reel Since 1969

Radio Student is a Slovenian Radio station, and is one of Europe’s oldest non commercial stations starting broadcasting in 1969. The...

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Mod Trilogy – They Call Us Misfits Documentary

They Call Us Misfits or They Call Us Mods ( Dom kallar oss mods) is a 1968 Swedish documentary that was directed, produced and written by...

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Getting Around Getting Around

Sonny and Cher Custom Cars – We’ve Got Two Babe

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As one of the most successful duets of the 1960s selling some 40 million records Sonny & Cher rarely turned down an opportunity to maximise the marketing...

Flower Powered – The Mod Top Car

When the sixties had finally stopped swinging and The Who’s singer Roger Daltrey started wearing tassels, the...

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Beetleboard – Brilliant Bug Based Billboards

When it comes to good ideas it’s the simple ones that are generally the best. So, back in 1971 when L.A based...

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Seventies London Motor Shows

Previously we’ve mirror, signal and manouvered and head on down the highway to the Motor city to visit the...

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Retro Magazines and Books