October 20, 2018

30 Hottest Photographs of Debbie Harry on Stage From the Mid-1970s

Debbie Harry of the punk-pop band Blondie is one of the most stylish, cool iconic women to grace the earth.

Before Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry became the iconic bleach-blonde front woman of the new wave punk band Blondie, she was the adopted daughter of two gift shop owners in New Jersey, a go-go dancer, and Playboy Bunny.

It wasn't until the mid-70s that she took to the stage as a singer, but all along she had more style and attitude that she knew what to do with, a coquetish badassness that made her a star. Beyond her hair and eye makeup, she was a pioneer of the mid-70s / late-80s style we see everywhere on the runways today, from one-shoulder tops to berets to colored tights.

Here's a collection of 30 hottest photographs of Debbie Harry on stage from the mid-1970s:

Britt Ekland: The 1960s Swedish Beauty Icon

Born 1942 as Britt-Marie Eklund in Stockholm, Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland began her career with bit parts and uncredited walk-on roles, including her first onscreen role in G.I. Blues (1960).

Ekland appeared in numerous films in her heyday throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including critically acclaimed roles in William Friedkin's The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), and the British crime film Get Carter (1971), which established her as a movie sex symbol. She also starred in the British cult horror film The Wicker Man (1973) and appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

During the 1970s, Ekland was one of the most photographed and talked-about celebrities in the world.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Britt Ekland in the 1960s.

October 19, 2018

Rarely Seen Photos of Janis Joplin’s Final Concert at Harvard Stadium in August 1970

The evening of Aug. 12, 1970, was a warm one. Harvard Stadium had been transformed into a concert arena with the addition of rows upon rows of seats onto the field. An estimated 40,000 spectators were crammed inside. After it was discovered that some sound equipment had been stolen, the show was delayed. According to several accounts, the crowd was restless, near rioting.

They were waiting for Janis Joplin. The rowdy crowd started a very 1970 chant: “We want to ball you!”

Janis Joplin’ final concert contact sheet

When Peter Warrack shot a roll of film of Janis Joplin from the front row at Harvard Stadium in August 1970, he had no way of knowing it would turn out to be the psychedelic blues belter’s last show. Even after her death of an overdose two months later, Warrack never bothered to revisit his negatives.

“Oddly, while we were sitting there—and the crowd was getting into something, it became very smoky and sweet there, let’s put it that way—we could see, straight ahead, the open-scaffolding stage,” said Kevin McElroy, who was seated near the front with his boyfriend, Peter Warrack. “Janis was underneath. And she had a bottle of Southern Comfort, and she was just in a world of her own there. She just was doing what she wanted to do in the moment. After another hour-and-a-half or so—it was really quite a delay—she literally burst onto the stage. It was just electric.”

A self-styled celebrity photographer who lived in Boston, Warrack took thousands of candid snapshots of artists and actors over several decades. He took intimate pictures of Alfred Hitchcock, Diana Ross and hundreds of others. Even the notoriously reclusive Katharine Hepburn let him take a few shots.

Peter Warrack died in 2008 at age 72, but nearly his entire collection of photographs—around 15,000—remained unpublished during his lifetime. Until recently they languished in a vast collection of binders in several closets at McElroy’s residence in Boston’s South End. House of Roulx—a Danvers-based operator of an online boutique selling celebrity photos, reproductions of funny sci-fi art and copies of curious old photos—acquired the entire collection in 2015.

Taken together, Warrack’s photographs of Joplin are like a flip-book of the 27-year-old singer that capture a few fleeting, candid moments onstage. They are portraits, really, set against a black background, zoomed in close enough to count the bracelets on her wrist. The photographs show a side of Joplin that has been largely erased by her iconic status and all that she symbolizes now.

28 Hilarious Vintage Workout Album Covers From the Early 1980s

Aerobicise. Nutricise. Jazzercise. Mousercise. Vinylcise!

This gallery of vintage exercise records featuring buff celebrities, fitness gurus, yogis, Jane Fonda’s Workout, Body by Jake, and other human absurdities.

1. Shape Up (1980)

2. Adult Physical Fitness (1981)

3. Jane Fonda’s Workout Record (1981)

4. Kathy Smith’s Aerobic Fitness (1981)

5. Waist and Stomach (1981)

Glamorous Photos of Beauties in Bikinis at the Beaches in the 1960s

In May 1946, fashion designer Jacques Heim from Paris released a two-piece swimsuit design that he named the Atome. Like swimsuits of the era, it covered the wearer's navel, and it failed to attract much attention.

Clothing designer Louis RĂ©ard introduced his new, smaller design in July. He named the swimsuit after the Bikini Atoll, where the first public test of a nuclear bomb had taken place only four days before. His skimpy design was risque, exposing the wearer's navel and much of her buttocks. No runway model would wear it, so he hired a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris to model it at a review of swimsuit fashions.

Due to its controversial and revealing design, the bikini was accepted very slowly by the public. It gained increased exposure and acceptance as film stars like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, and Ursula Andress wore them and were photographed on public beaches and seen in film. In many countries the design was banned from beaches and other public places.

The minimalist bikini design became common in most Western countries by the mid-1960s as both swimwear and underwear. By the late 20th century it was widely used as sportswear in beach volleyball and bodybuilding.

Here below is a glamorous photo collection that shows beauties in bikinis at the beaches in the 1960s.

October 18, 2018

46 Amazing Black and White Photos That Capture Street Scenes of San Francisco in the 1970s

The 1970s in San Francisco were flamboyant, alive, full of color and passion, marked by dark periods and electric highs. It was known worldwide for hippies and radicals. The city was heavily affected by drugs, prostitution and crime. Outcasts and the socially marginalized were attracted by a greater tolerance and acceptance of diverse cultures in the city. It grew as one of world's biggest centres for the LGBT community and LGBT rights.

To grow up in San Francisco in this era was extraordinary, and anyone who spent their early years here in the 1970s has vivid memories swirling around in the mind.

These amazing photos were taken by Dave Glass that show street scenes of San Francisco during the 1970s.

DuPont Market, Grant and Pacific, Chinatown San Francisco, 1970

DuPont Market, Grant and Pacific, Chinatown San Francisco, 1970

Grant Street grocery, Chinatown-North Beach district, San Francisco, 1970

Man trying on shoes at the Salvation Army store on Howard and 6th Street, San Francisco, 1970

Watch repairman, Polk Street, Tenderloin, San Francisco, 1970


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