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Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

  • The Art of Arnaldo Putzu

    • 2649 Views • 1960s, Art, Book Covers, Film, PosterComments Off on The Art of Arnaldo Putzu

    Back in the days before computers when almost all artwork was created by hand, many film posters were painted by individual artists who were given a rough brief and then left to do the rest. One of our favourite artists from this time is the Italian Arnaldo...

  • Take Five – Candid Photos of Jazz Musicians

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  • Baby Huey – Listen to Me

    • 4971 Views • 1960s, 1970s, MusicComments Off on Baby Huey – Listen to Me

    Modern music is littered with tales of bands who never quite realised the success they were due and arguably most of the records played on the Rare Soul scene are the sound of broken dreams; recording artists who started off with high hopes but were denied...

  • Know the score – Sheet Music Covers

    • 4370 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Book Covers, Music, UncategorizedComments Off on Know the score – Sheet Music Covers

     We’re not sure if sheet music of current popular music hits sell particularly well these days so we’ll take a look back to simpler times when folk would presumably sit around the family piano and enjoy pop classics as a family sing-a-long. Conjures up...

  • Marvin Gaye – The Acting Years

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    Much has been written about Marvin Gaye’s songwriting and singing as well as his undeniable influence on modern music in numerous ways. What is less well-known is his desire to break into acting and the two movies he starred in before his acting ambitions...

  • Life through a lens – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

    • 10250 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Everyday People, Photographers, UncategorizedComments Off on Life through a lens – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

    As one of Britain’s first black photographers Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi was blazing a trail for others to follow but this really is only part of the story. As a disabled 26 year old in Nigeria, Tex’s childhood polio saw him regarded as an outcast. As a...

  • BEV Design Collective – Colourful Characters

    • 20645 Views • 1960s, ArtComments Off on BEV Design Collective – Colourful Characters

    Following on from our Art on Wheels post which briefly looked at the pop-art customisation of cars in Sixties London, it seemed remiss of us not to dig further into the history of the artists involved. Particularly as they played a pivotal role in the...

  • Art on Wheels – Custom Painting Sixties Style

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    In the States customising cars has been a hobby for petrolheads since the 1930s, but it wasn’t really until the 1960s that this extended to exotic paint jobs as more wild and varied colours became available. This resulted in spectacular metal flake and...

  • From the Motor City to London Town

    • 11793 Views • 1960s, MusicComments Off on From the Motor City to London Town

    We’ve mentioned before Berry Gordy’s uncanny eye for an opportunity and his almost unrivalled marketing nous when it came to promoting his labels and here we see assorted Motown acts making the most of various photo opportunities around the picturesque...

  • Going to a Go-Go -1965 Tamla Motown Revue UK Tour Programme

    • 12419 Views • 1960s, MusicComments Off on Going to a Go-Go -1965 Tamla Motown Revue UK Tour Programme

    In the box marked ‘Gigs We Wish We Had Seen’ and fairly near the top of that particular pile comes the 1965 Motown Revue. Featuring, on the same bill, the varied talents of Earl Van Dyke, Martha and the Vandellas, Georgie Fame, Smokey Robinson, The...