Category:
1960s

1960s London Eastend Buskers

This video offers an interesting peek at London street life, mid 1960s. An apparently toothless man dances while his partner plays the guitar. Unfortunately, embedding has been disabled on it, so you'll need to view it on youtube itself.

My favorite line: "Well, I'm a genius, and I felt I was psychologically unfit for normal work, and that's how I started busking."

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 18, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, 1960s

Psych-Out

Once you have experienced the 1968 film PSYCH-OUT, you will be unable to return to your square, plastic, uptight lifestyle. Just the sight of Jack Nicholson's fake ponytail alone will trip you out!



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 16, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Costumes and Masks, Drugs, Fads, Fashion, Hair Styling, History, Hollywood, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Movies, Music, Regionalism, Sexuality, Stereotypes and Cliches, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s, Posters, Dance, Body Painting, Facial Hair

Worst. Spy Movie. Ever.

1) Incoherent script.

2) Lame humor.

3) No chemistry between Peck and Loren.

4) Primary villain looks like Peter Sellers as Inspector Clousseau.

5) Sophia Loren as an Arab.

6) Gregory Peck takes a psychedelic trip on a bicycle.

7) Secondary villain uses term "daddy-o" excessively.

8) Poison eyedrops.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 26, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Stupidity, 1960s

Johnny Preston:  2 Xmas Songs



Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 21, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Music, 1960s

Soviet Space Stamps

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These were sent to me by my Belgian pal Peter Dans-
saert.

Click on the image twice, to get them really big!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 11, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Communications, Postal Services, Stamps, Futurism, Patriotism, Technology, Space Travel, 1960s, Russia, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Follies of the Mad Men #49

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[From Playboy magazine for October 1965.]

If you wear one of our sweaters, you'll look like a ridiculous chimp.

"Me Retailer, you Jerk!"

ADDENDUM: Reader Vern notes that the text ridicules the chimp as wearing an older, out-of-style sweater, while the man sports the manufacturer's sleek new model. That's a good point. Nonetheless, how convincing is the comparison, when the human's rival is a monkey?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 08, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1960s

The Front Line

As we all prepare for our imminent minimum-wage jobs during the economic meltdown, let us study how to perform them to the best of our abilities, with a cheerful smile. Consider the job of "supermarket checker," circa 1965.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 02, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Products, Food, Jobs and Occupations, Movies, Documentaries, Retail Establishments, 1960s

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Opera is inherently weird: people singing their every speech. But with classical opera, one doesn't notice the effect so much, since they've always been around.

But relatively recent operas, especially with contemporary settings, somehow magnify the weirdness.

Take, for instance, 1964's THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG. A simple love story, it features a script in which every single line is sung. Thus, at about the 3:30 mark in the opening clip below, you can hear the immortal lyric, "Check the ignition on the gentleman's Mercedes."

Apparently, the entire film is available on YouTube in nine parts, for your operatic enjoyment.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 28, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Music, 1960s, Cars

The Chattanooga Twist

I'll bet you never knew what song Chattanooga Hookers like to dance to, did you?

What else but 1962's "The Chatanooga Twist," by Danyel Gerard!




Here's DG's other big hit.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 25, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, 1960s, 1970s, Dance

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