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  • Bobbye Hall – The Queen of Percussion Drumming

    1960s, 1970s, Music • 4258 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 • 2573 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 • 3031 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 • 3681 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 • 2011 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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  • Panini Goes Pop – 1968 Cards from the Vaults

    1960s, Ephemera, Music • 5667 Views

    Having been stuck away somewhere in the dusty recesses of the Internet these Panini cards have come out wide-eyed and blinking to reveal a little piece of history from 1968.

    In 1960 the Panini brothers from Modena, Italy found a collection of stickers that a Milan company was struggling to shift and thought they could do a better job of marketing them. They quickly realised they had the magic touch when they managed to sell the whole three million with relative ease. The following year they founded Panini, sold 15 million stickers and in 1962 shifted a remarkable 29 million. Continue Reading

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  • Unexpected Gem – Mungo Jerry Covers Jacques Dutronc

    1970s, Music, Unexpected Gems • 207 Views

    It’s probably one of those records you’ve heard before but can’t quite remember who it’s by and where you heard it. A bit of an earworm if you know what we mean.

    There’s somewhat of a backstory to this too so settle down, make a cuppa and read on.

    Originally penned by French 1960s pin-up poster Jacques Dutronc under the title of ‘Et moi, et moi, et moi’, it reached number two in the French pop charts in 1966 and although never troubled the UK charts it apparently became a firm favourite with the original mods as a mickey take of the then burgeoning UK folk revival scene. Plus as we’ve already alluded to it’s a pretty catchy tune. Continue Reading

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  • Buck White – Muhammad Ali Treading the Boards

    1960s, Popular, Sport • 3815 Views

    Back in the heady days of late 1969 a new Broadway musical was conceived based around the book Big Time Buck White by Joseph Dolan Tuotti. Starring Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay as he was billed in big block capitals) it was the story of a radical Black Power preacher who inspires a group of militant black followers. Continue Reading

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  • Pop Stars on The Wheel of Steel

    1960s, 1970s, Vinyl • 3760 Views

    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 records’ man Rufus Thomas doing his Disc Jockey routine. Then we go on the soul side with Motown’s Marvin Gaye listening to a tune on his record player, Smokey Robinson at the office and Stevie Wonder taking a break on his Japanese Tour.

    Pop Stars Poppin’ out the platters that matter to them are singers Francoise Hardy and Bobbie Gentry (main picture) and Easy Listening favourites The Carpenters. While Jimi Hendrix, half The Who, Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and a curly haired Eric Clapton rock out to their latest purchases. Continue Reading

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  • Carnaby Street in Caracas

    1960s, Fashion • 2615 Views

    It’s been very well documented over the years that the city of London was the hip and happening place to be during the swinging sixties. However in this short newsreel from 1969 we move away from England to see how the influence of Carnaby street fashion travelled overseas to make Caracas swing at the end of the decade. Continue Reading

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