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  • Belgian Popcorn Documentary

    1960s, 1970s, Documentary, Music, Vinyl, Youth Culture • 4108 Views

    Here we have a short documentary covering the Belgian Popcorn scene in the seventies. The scene was the equivalent of the Northern Soul movement that swept Britain during the 1970s. Continue Reading

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  • Nile Rodgers – Too Much Too Young

    1970s, Music • 6441 Views

    As soul and disco fans we love the sound of Chic and the disco magic that Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards created in the halcyon days of the 1970s. As lazy buggers we also admire a high achiever when we see one and Nile Rodgers early days take some beating.

    Rodgers was born in the back of a New York taxi to a 14 year old mother (who then ended up in reform school for her sins) his natural father was what he calls an “everyday junkie” and his stepfather, who only died recently, laid claim to being the world’s oldest junkie.  Continue Reading

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  • Street Life in London 1976-1978

    1970s, Everyday People • 20661 Views

    Here we take a trip to the capital and look round the streets of London between 1976 and 1978.

    In this great set of photos we head up West to visit Oxford street, Shaftesbury Avenue and Regent Street, then it’s off to Earls Court, Camden and Kensington.You may notice a film that was released at this time which would later take the world by storm – And we’re not talking about Confessions of a Driving Instructor. Also look out for the Eros cinema where the classic horror film “An American Werewolf in London” was filmed. Continue Reading

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  • Super Fly Seventies Fashion From The Flagg Bros

    1970s, Fashion, Retro Advertising • 22435 Views

    Retrospace Blog has some superb scans of a 1970s Flagg Bros catalogue. Take a browse through the Flared trousers, Platform shoes and super fly suits in their catalogue.

    As the Flagg bros say “One good thing leads to another”. Continue Reading

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  • James Brown -The Godfather of Adverts

    1970s, Music, Retro Advertising • 5674 Views

    When he wasn’t taking it to the bridge or getting on up like a sex machine, The hardest working man in show business James Brown managed to squeeze in a few ads into his busy schedule.

    Here’s the Godfather of soul endorsing Coca cola, Falstaff Beer and “Hey! with your bad self” its JB promoting the “Mystery of Black” personal hygiene range. Continue Reading

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  • Audrey Hepburn and a Donkey

    1950s, Film, Hanging Out • 6146 Views

    We’ve had hundreds of emails here at VOEA headquarters, asking for pictures of Audrey Hepburn and a donkey, so, don’t say we don’t listen to our public, here is a picture of said woman, with said animal. Continue Reading

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  • It’s the quiz of the week – Anglia TV Musical Director Peter Fenn

    1970s, Music, Television • 4419 Views

    Keeping retro and regional we pay tribute to  the Norwich based musician Peter Fenn, who was best known for composing the quirky organ theme to the Quiz of the week – Sale of Century. The Anglia television programme was hosted by Nicholas Parsons, the show regularly gained weekly viewing figures of around 21 million.

     

    Peter Fenn was born in Great Yarmouth on April 1st, 1931. During the second world war he was sent to Wisbech, it was here where he gained a desire for music after playing Piano at the local Grammar school.
    When the war was finished, Peter became a music teacher in Bowthorpe during the day while leading his own Orchestra around concerts in Norwich and the surrounding area. In 1958 band leader Leslie Douglas was so impressed with Fenn that he offered him the summer holiday season for 18 weeks in Weston Super Mare. At the time the performances paid four times a teacher’s salary. 

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  • The Outcasts – 1985 East Anglian Biker Gang Documentary

    1980s, Documentary, Television, Youth Culture • 12289 Views

    While their counterparts in America were cruising in the sunshine down Route 66, East Anglian biker gang The Outcasts were riding up and down the promenade of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

    Here we have for your viewing pleasure 50 minutes of footage from a 1985 BBC2 documentary covering the antics of the Norfolk biker crew The Outcasts – Enjoy Continue Reading

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  • Shop Around – 1976 Argos Catalogue

    1970s, Ephemera, Retro Advertising • 15484 Views

    Argos established itself as a British catalogue retailer in 1973, after Green Shield stamps founder Richard Tompkins thought of the idea while on a Greek holiday in the city of (Yep, you guessed it) Argos.

    Here we go back to the super seventies and take a look at the pages of the the 1976 CatalogueFlicking through this catalogue is similar to visiting a really good car boot sale or a trip to London;s Camden Market, but in book form.

    All the classic Seventies items are in the catalogue,including the Spacehopper, Six Million dollar man doll, Lava lamps, Sodastream , orange rocket lamp and the chopper style bikes. If this is your era or you have a passion for retro stuff, enjoy a scroll down memory lane.  Continue Reading

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