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

    1960s, Music, Transport • 12761 Views

    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 custom car creator George Barris (the man behind the original Batmobile amongst many other creations) these two Ford Mustangs were taken straight from the production line and given a rather special makeover. Sonny’s car got some ‘Bobcat fur’ on the inside alongside antique leather and suede while Cher’s got some ‘Ermine fur’ and pink suede with a white fur lined boot. Predictably enough Cher’s Mustang was painted pink while Sonny ended up with a gold and brown paintjob. Continue Reading

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  • Frank Sinatra and The Fifth Dimension

    1960s, Music, Television • 8207 Views

    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 the fact that he’s singing what is essentially a drinking song that was written by the excellent and sadly departed Laura Nyro.
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  • Pop and Shop – 1966 Underground Antics

    1960s, Documentary, Fashion, Music • 7755 Views

    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. It’s the revolutionary new Pop & Shop. Here’s the idea in a nutshell – you go to a gig, in this case The Animals on stage, and you can also buy some clothes and records at the same time if you’re not that fussed about watching the band.
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  • Tread Lightly – Clark’s Shoes Adverts

    1960s, 1970s, Fashion, Retro Advertising • 2842 Views

    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 the guys in Ireland who for many years made the Wallabees for Clark’s – Padmore & Barnes.

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  • Back to the Future – 50 Years Back

    1960s, Futuristic • 1574 Views

    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 people who worked on this clip from 1965 we’ll be mightily impressed.

    We’re going back 50 years to look at how the future would have looked in 1999 AD from a sixties point of view. To be fair the accuracy of the predictions are pretty much spot-on including online shopping (just getting going back in ’99), home computers, online banking, populating Mars, wall mounted TVs and microwave ovens.
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  • Bobbye Hall – The Queen of Percussion Drumming

    1960s, 1970s, Music • 6002 Views

    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 Withers, Marvin Gaye, Carole King and the Incredible Bongo Band. We reckon this is long overdue and we’re not sure why it has taken us quite so long but the time has come to take a look at the life, times and music of Bobbye Hall, female bongo basher extraordinaire. Continue Reading

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  • Peter Zinovieff and The Computer Orchestra

    1960s, Music • 3718 Views

    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 Floyd, White Noise, Kraftwerk, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie. Musical history indeed. Continue Reading

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  • Peter Max – Psychedelic Pop-Art Pioneer

    1960s, Art • 1621 Views

    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 imagery that in many ways pre-dated the nascent hippie movement.

    An early life spent mainly on the move saw Max and his family move from Nazi Germany in 1938 settling in Shanghai for 10 years. His mother, noting his constant doodling, hired an art teacher to help hone his talent. Continue Reading

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  • Just One More! – Creative Cartoon Covers

    1950s, 1960s, Art, Magazine • 1798 Views

    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 still going strong. However, this is not so much a look at the PPAGLA (although we’re sure they do mighty fine work) but rather a glimpse at their annual publication which as you may have already guessed is called ‘Just One More’ – presumably the most used line by press photographers the world over. Continue Reading

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

    1960s, Music • 3064 Views

    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 American game show. Oh yes, we love that combination of obscure meets mainstream if only to imagine the reaction of the great American public. Continue Reading

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