Sunday, December 21, 2014

Drew Barrymore clubbing with Billy Idol in 1984

(Photo: Idol Family Archive, via CBS News)

Pictures of Bands On Stage during the 1985 Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans.

Organized in just 10 weeks, Live Aid was staged on Saturday, July 13, 1985. More than 75 acts performed, including Elton John, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton. The majority of these artists performed at either Wembley Stadium in London, where a crowd of 70,000 turned out, or at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium, where 100,000 watched. Thirteen satellites beamed a live television broadcast of the event to more than one billion viewers in 110 countries. More than 40 of these nations held telethons for African famine relief during the broadcast.

The Prince and Princess of Wales in the Royal Box after opening the Live Aid concert.

Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof performs on stage.

Alison Moyet and Paul Young on stage during the Live Aid charity concert.

Freddie Mercury of Queen on stage during the Live Aid.

Singer Bryan Ferry performing during the 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, London.

Madge Bellamy as Santa, 1926

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Amazing Vintage Photos of American Life in the 1930's

Wonderful Color Photographs of Street Scenes from between the 1950s and 1970s

Fred Herzog was born in Germany in 1930. Immigrating to Canada in 1952, he took odd jobs wherever he could find them. He rented a place at a rooming house, which is where he met Ferro Shelley Marincowitz, a South African who also happened to be a medical photographer. Herzog had an interest in photography; his camera was one of the few items he brought with him from Germany. Marincowitz encouraged that interest and soon they found a basement suite where they built a darkroom for both of them to share.

Over the next several years, Herzog read about technique, studied other photographers, and spent every spare moment shooting. His friendship with Marincowitz eventually led to getting a job as a medical photographer himself, first at St. Paul’s Hospital, and four years later at the University of British Columbia. Herzog was obsessed with the energy of the city. He was drawn to the neon signs, the colorful cars, the food markets, and billboards. He wanted to capture life as it was, to document the “American dream”. He wasn’t interested in commenting on social policy or expressing an opinion one way or another, just showing reality. This was one of the reasons he used color film. It was the way he saw the city and the way he wanted others to see it.

Herzog has spent decades with his camera in his hand, walking not only the streets of Vancouver, but also San Francisco, Montreal, Seattle, and other major cities. It has only been in the last several years, however, that his work has been recognized by galleries and art critics around the world.

June Lang posed with a sign for Christmas, ca. 1930s

10 Funny Pictures of Santa Claus Brings Crying Children the Gift of Fear

Here's a small collection of 10 funny photos from circa 1950s-1980s showing Santa Claus brings crying children the gift of fear. All they want for Christmas is a hug, just not from Santa...