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  • The Avengers Stage Play

    The Avengers Stage Play

    1960s, Television • 1969 Views

    OK you lot. Who out there knew The Avengers once had their own stage play? Well, neither did we until we stumbled across some rather interesting photos and decided to dig a bit deeper. It was 1971; the stage play was technically tricky and massively ambitious as was the producer, John Mather. He claimed it would “blast the British theatre into the Seventies” but unfortunately the critics, combined with numerous technical issues meant the play was an unqualified disaster and closed down within weeks of first showing. Continue Reading

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    Spacelander – Space Age Cycle

    Transport • 2456 Views

    Sometimes a new concept comes along that is radical, works well, makes sense and looks good but for one reason or another doesn’t sell and is consigned to the annals of history marked Unfortunate Failure. When it first hit the streets in 1960 the Spacelander bicycle ticked all the right boxes but unfortunately never made it commercially – shame really because it looks rather lovely. Continue Reading

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  • Six Million Dollar Safari Suit 1970s

    Six Million Dollar Safari Suit

    1970s, Television • 2281 Views

    Sometime back we looked at the original books behind successful films in our Script Bare (geddit?) post and the first book cover in that particular post was Martin Caidin’s 1972 best-selling novel Cyborg. The following year this was snaffled up, loosely adapted and turned into a movie called The Six Million Dollar Man. Here we take a brief look at the back-story to the movie and subsequent series but perhaps more importantly conduct some in-depth analysis of the much admired safari suit as worn by Steve Austin – the bionic man. Continue Reading

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  • David Cassidy

    Unexpected Gems – David Cassidy Get it up for love

    Unexpected Gems • 1559 Views

    As the Justin Beiber of his day David Cassidy was among the first ever teen idols (even though he was knocking on for 20 when he made it big) and in the early 1970s his face adorned the walls of a million teenage girls’ bedrooms. As one of the first really big ‘bubblegum pop’ solo artists his commercial value was exploited mercilessly although as is often the case he resented his lack of credibility within the pop music fraternity and wanted to be taken seriously as a musician and artist. Continue Reading

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    Andy Warhol – Cover Artist

    1950s, 1960s, Art • 3798 Views

    We’ve cast an eye on the undeniably prolific Andy Warhol in a couple of previous posts – firstly looking at his Early Years and secondly when he started to make the most of his new-found fame featuring as he did in an advert for the now defunct Braniff International Airways. Now it’s time to look at one of the areas Mr Warhol is less well-known for and that’s his record cover art. He always advocated that art was for everyone, not just the wealthy, and what better way to get your art out there than on that mighty fine medium – the record sleeve. Continue Reading

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