Somewhere in-between the space-age bachelor pad sounds of Esquivel
and the gimmicky novelty of Spike Jonze
sits Mel Henke
, one of the most overlooked originators of the mid-century lounge sound. While most famous for versions of All That Meat
, 77 Sunset Strip
, and Pennies From Heaven
, his largely instrumental wink-wink-nudge-nudge album La Dolce Henke
is considered his masterpiece - The Lively Ones
- The Twisters
- You're Driving Me Crazy
- Woman In Space
- Farmer John
- Old McDonald Had A Girl
- See The USA In Your Chevrolet
- Last Night On The Back Porch
(Warning, historical sexism, erotic car metaphors)
The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band founded in Berlin in 2007. They became popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella
","Hot n Cold
","Call Me Maybe
", "Tik Tok
", and "Poker Face
The moment you've been waiting for... I give you the winners of the talent contest held under the auspices if the Westchester County Recreation Commission... The Continentals!
Click for the music, stay for the dancin'! [more inside]
has posted several stunning examples of his grandfather's
Kodachrome 40 8mm home movies.
Previously with less, but now with more!! [more inside]
The Film Archive
is an eclectic collection of full-length television and films, focusing mostly on the 30’s to the 60’s, that include teenage self-help films
, the first televised Nixon / Kennedy debate
, nuclear preparation
films, exploitation/propaganda movies of every era
, and much more.
It was music to be heard, not listened to. It was the soundtrack to the relaxed, sophisticated, mature vision of the good life. It was music for lovers. It was upbeat, elaborately arranged, chart-toppingly popular, and yet has been almost written out of the popular music history books, dismissed as “elevator music”; soulless, toned-down, pre-chewed, limp cover-versions of popular songs for old people. So sit back, put aside the politics and angst, slip into something comfortable (preferably with someone of similar description), and allow yourself to experience The Joy of Easy Listening [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Images of a People's Movement
- more than 18 pages of photos and dozens of first-hand narratives, interviews & recollections
of the 1951-1968 Southern Freedom Movement by the Civil Rights Movement Veterans
. (These are just samplings - it's a deep and rich site.) [more inside]
, swinging London of 1960s and SOHO bohemian Coffee Bars of London, 1959
. These are a few of the 500+ vintage documentary shorts called "Look at Life" that ran at the Odeon and Gaumont cinemas during the 50s and 60s. (via Dangerous Minds) [more inside]
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
The Art & Life of Annie Truxell
[via mefi projects
]: Annie Truxell is a well known painter who has lived a long and fascinating life. Her adventures have been legendary, encompassing Greenwich Village in the 50s, London in the 60s and India in the 70s. She was friends with Franz Klein, Bill de Kooning, Truman Capote, Terry Southern, Mati Klarwein & many other wild & woolly people.
- cute collection of comic book images and language conveying sound and motion. Also see anastasiav's prior post: Ka-BOOM
, the Dictionary of Comic Book Words on Historical Principles. (via oink!) [more inside]
Extracts from the journals of Susan Sontag
dating from the 1950s and 1960s were published in this morning's Guardian G2.
The World's Worst Food.
"A naked imitation of the Gallery of Regrettable Food
", featuring late 50's and early 60's-era recipes from the UK.
Does your bowling alley have an inexplicable Tiki motif? Does your neighbor's house vaguely resemble a flying saucer? Does your coffee shop suggest, architecturally, that the secrets of the atom are being exploited within? Well now, you can call it by name. Googie. Who knew?