web analytics
  • BEV Design Collective – Colourful Characters

    • 235 Views • Comments Off on BEV Design Collective – Colourful Characters

    Following on from our Art on Wheels post which briefly looked at the pop-art customisation of cars in Sixties London, it seemed remiss of us not to dig further into the history of the artists involved. Particularly as they played a pivotal role in the...

  • Art on Wheels – Custom Painting Sixties Style

    • 406 Views • Comments Off on Art on Wheels – Custom Painting Sixties Style

    In the States customising cars has been a hobby for petrolheads since the 1930s, but it wasn’t really until the 1960s that this extended to exotic paint jobs as more wild and varied colours became available. This resulted in spectacular metal flake and...

  • From the Motor City to London Town

    • 503 Views • Comments Off on From the Motor City to London Town

    We’ve mentioned before Berry Gordy’s uncanny eye for an opportunity and his almost unrivalled marketing nous when it came to promoting his labels and here we see assorted Motown acts making the most of various photo opportunities around the picturesque...

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

    • 1181 Views • Comments 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...

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

    • 3628 Views • Comments Off on Unexpected Gem: Marti Caine – Love the Way You Love Me

    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

    • 3217 Views • Comments Off on Going to a Go-Go -1965 Tamla Motown Revue UK Tour Programme

    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

    • 3417 Views • Comments Off on Liberta’ E Paura – Ten Italian Easy Rider Lobby Cards

    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

    • 3108 Views • Comments 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

    • 4118 Views • Comments 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...

  • Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

    • 5709 Views • Comments Off on 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 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

    • 8376 Views • Comments Off on Johnson C. Smith University – 1970 Yearbook

    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

    • 9691 Views • Comments Off on Voices of East Harlem – 1970 Tanglewood Concert

    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

    • 13068 Views • Comments Off on Old Habitats Die Hard

    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

    • 11112 Views • Comments Off on Bikinis Y Rock – Groovy Seventies Mexican Film

    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

    • 13552 Views • Comments Off on Sonny and Cher Custom Cars – We’ve Got Two Babe

    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

    • 8501 Views • Comments Off on Frank Sinatra and The Fifth Dimension

    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

    • 8055 Views • Comments Off on 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 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

    • 3832 Views • Comments Off on 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 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

    • 2099 Views • Comments Off on Back to the Future – 50 Years Back

    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

    • 6409 Views • Comments Off on Bobbye Hall – The Queen of Percussion Drumming

    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...

Latest Posts
Shooting From The Hip

HMV in the past HMV in the past

Our Favourite Shop – HMV Stores In The Eighties

• 2597 Views • 2 Comments on Our Favourite Shop – HMV Stores In The Eighties

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...

• 9065 Views

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...

• 1581 Views

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...

• 10455 Views

Futuristic Futuristic

Back to the Future – 50 Years Back

• 2099 Views • Comments Off on Back to the Future – 50 Years Back

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...

• 2690 Views

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...

• 2737 Views

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,...

• 2087 Views

Posters from the past Posters from the past

Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

• 5709 Views • Comments Off on 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 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...

• 22286 Views

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...

• 17496 Views

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...

• 3058 Views

Retro Advertising Retro Advertising

Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

• 4118 Views • Comments 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...

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...

• 5709 Views

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...

• 3832 Views

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...

• 2463 Views

Fashion Fashion

Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

• 4118 Views • Comments 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...

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...

• 8055 Views

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...

• 3832 Views

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...

• 4079 Views

Hanging Out Hanging Out

That’s a Wrap – 1967 Point Blank Party

• 2614 Views • Comments Off on That’s a Wrap – 1967 Point Blank Party

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...

• 3514 Views

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...

• 2192 Views

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...

• 2658 Views

Strictly Vinyl Strictly Vinyl

Pop Stars on The Wheel of Steel

• 6347 Views • Comments Off on Pop Stars on The Wheel of Steel

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...

• 5939 Views

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...

• 6573 Views

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...

• 9691 Views

Shooting From The Hip Shooting From The Hip

Detroit and Beyond

• 2518 Views • Comments Off on Detroit and Beyond

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...

• 11491 Views

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...

• 3853 Views

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...

• 14295 Views

Documentaries Documentaries

Pop and Shop – 1966 Underground Antics

• 8055 Views • Comments Off on 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 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...

• 4524 Views

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...

• 3944 Views

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...

• 9569 Views

Getting Around Getting Around

Art on Wheels – Custom Painting Sixties Style

• 406 Views • Comments Off on Art on Wheels – Custom Painting Sixties Style

In the States customising cars has been a hobby for petrolheads since the 1930s, but it wasn’t really until the 1960s that this extended to exotic paint jobs as more...

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

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

• 13552 Views

Flower Powered – The Mod Top Car

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

• 7123 Views

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...

• 2016 Views

Retro Magazines and Books