Paul Roberts was brought up by artist parents in Wales. Gaining early recognition in the 1970s, his career as a painter was interrupted when he had worldwide success with the rock band, Sniff ’n’ The Tears, in 1978 (whose cover artworks were all his creation). In 1988, he moved with his family to Somerset, where he has continued to paint and make music. His work can currently be seen at the Plus One Gallery London.
Sorting through the racks at op and vintage shops can be tiring, right? Given time is money, and you and I have little of either, shopping for one-off vintage finds at Spanish Moss makes sense. With a few clicks you can connect with the beautifully curated collection of amazing ’80s jumpsuits, ’40s kimonos or ’70s caftans as well as their signature range of new clothes – American Gold.
Alan Powdrill is a London-based advertising photographer. Of this project, SHUT IT!, he says: ‘I’ve always been really interested in the surreal and bonkers world of the ventriloquist, especially the mute half of the double act. SHUT IT! is influenced by the 70s world of Bob Carolgees, Roger de Courcey, and the late great Lord Charles’.
My love for laneway bars instigated after the City of Sydney Council drew up plans for a temporary venue called 7 Metre Bar. Since then, I’ve found several bars hidden in nooks and crannies all around the city. A particular favorite is Grasshopper, an up-and-coming bar tucked away in Temperance Lane, just off George Street. […]
SodaStream, a status symbol amongst children of the seventies and eighties, is making a comeback. Environmentally-friendly, economical, and fun(ish), these home carbonation contraptions have had a complete overhaul.
If you were born in the late 70s or early 80s, you probably remember Super-Soakers, Mr. Wizard, and Darkwing Duck with great fondness. I’m Remembering takes you down Gen Y memory lane with pictures and links to both your favorite and the long-forgotten toys, TV-shows, and snacks from your childhood.
This Nipple Bra from the ’70s might seem ridiculous to us now, but think of all the various ways people still create illusions and deceptions with their bodies — butt lifting underwear, padded bras, weaves, implants, and bound feet. People are just so weird.
Archigram is recognised as an influencer of many of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and buildings. Exhibitions of their work from 1961-1974 have been touring major institutions worldwide since 1992, and Archigram was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002. Despite this, the architectural vision of Archigram is mainly unbuilt and the bulk of their visionary work remained difficult to access, largely stored domestically or in temporary storage.
SKY was a super-fusion group from the late 1970s and early 1980s who combined the elegant romanticism and technical proficiency of Australian classical guitarist John Williams, with the funk and world music influences of Herbie Flowers and Tristan Monk. They were an extraordinary group, largely unheralded, but revered by music-philes for decades for their adventurous […]
As many fans of the genre know, Turkey produced a lot of great psych folk and rock in the ’70s. 3 Hur-El and Mogollar are two of the more well-known acts from those days, their louder, more rock ‘n’ roll sound drowning the likes of singer/composer Bulent Ortacgil, a more soft-spoken and contemplative figure in […]
The source images of this fascinating video by experimental image/sound-maker Brian O’Reilly come from a video synthesizer called the Rutt-Etra Scan Processor from the 1970s, while the sound comes from manipulations via custom software designed by O’Reilly himself and co-designer Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan. Synth and programming geeks might get a little bit more out of this […]
Oh, the joy! When I was a kid, growing bigger amongst the winding roads and sandy beaches of Bondi, I used to love watching The Wombels on our tiny, beat-up TV. The theme song in particular was a blast. Perhaps Kanye could do a remix?
You know what, it’s hard for me to care about 99.9 percent of new music out there when there are still guys like Lee Fields putting out records. The funk and soul legend appeared on countless classic tracks throughout the ’70s, but never had a proper album of his own until this year, when Truth […]
Whether or not you give a damn about baseball cards, you should read Josh Wilker’s captivating blog, Cardboard Gods. Using vintage Topps imagery — the stagey, shaggy and strange captures of forgotten ballplayers in the 70s — as a launching pad, Wilker takes off on flights about everything from memory to athleticism to middle-aged failure. The guy’s such a great writer it hardly matters. Post after post after post is a winner.
Cambodian born photographer Frederic Chaubin is the editor of French magazine Citizen K. His photo series on bizarre buildings built in the former Soviet Union during the 1970s and 80s is absolutely fascinating.