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  • Dope Records – Pot Smuggled in Albums

    1970s, Documentary, Vinyl • 2605 Views

    Check out this short clip man. Here we have a video of  a news item from 1978 when a large quantity of Marijuana was smuggled from Jamaica to Montreal inside record sleeves.  Continue Reading

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  • The House Under The Roller Coaster

    Architecture, Film • 7283 Views

    When you ask anyone who lives near somewhere noisy like a busy road or next to a nightclub – Does the noise bother you? the usual reply is “You get use to it after a while”. Well I’m sure this same principle applies if you lived under the Thunderbolt roller coaster on Coney Island, New York.

    Film buffs may spot that the “The house under the roller coaster” is the same house a young Alvy Singer lived in at the age of nine in the 1977 Woody Allen film Annie Hall.

    Originally,the film didn’t have young Alvy living under a roller coaster, but Woody was driving around New York looking for film locations and saw the Thunderbolt coaster with the house underneath. Allen said “I saw this roller-coaster, and I saw the house under it. And I thought, we have to use this. Continue Reading

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  • Getting Shirty with Woody Allen

    1970s, Literature • 2818 Views

    And it came to pass that a man who sold shirts was smitten by hard times. Neither did any of his merchandise move nor did he prosper. And he prayed and said, “Lord, why has thou left me to suffer thus? All mine enemies sell their goods except I. And it’s the height of the season. My shirts are good shirts. Take a look at this rayon. I got button-downs, flare collars, nothing sells. Yet I have kept thy commandments. Why can I not earn a living when mine younger brother cleans up in children’s ready-to-wear?” Continue Reading

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  • Check your Head – The Monkees Film

    1960s, Film, Music • 3040 Views

    It was written by Jack Nicholson whilst tripping on acid.  It recouped just $16,000 of its $790,000 budget.It featured guest appearances from Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Sonny Liston, Frank Zappa and Dennis Hopper.It’s been sampled by DJ Shadow and St Etienne.Yes, it’s the film that destroyed the Monkees and was so called firstly as a drug reference but secondly so the production company who were simultaneously filming Easy Rider could sell it with the strapline ‘From the guys who gave you Head’. Unfortunately as the film bombed this was scuppered from day one. Continue Reading

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  • Belgian Popcorn Documentary

    1960s, 1970s, Documentary, Music, Vinyl, Youth Culture • 4288 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 • 7024 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 • 22141 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 • 23876 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 • 5955 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 • 6596 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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