the good ol' days
Archived sector
At the peak of the underground comix movement—roughly 1972-1973—the Mission District was peppered with cartoonists all living within walking distance of each other. Few of the artists involved were San Francisco natives. As with the upsurge of the Beats in North Beach in the ’50s, and with the much-hyped love generation in the Haight-Ashbury around 1966, the influx of cartoonists attracted to the underground scene in the Mission pulled in participants from far and wide.  
 
Listen to an excerpt from "The Rise and Fall of Underground Comix in San Francisco and Beyond" read by author Jay Kinney:
Fast Forward
Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine's Fast Forward cassette magazine documented the post-punk scene of the early 80s. The tapes interspersed interviews with music and were packaged with printed artwork in a soft case and distributed through record shops. In that pre-internet era Fast Forward helped spread sounds and ideas among music communities. Archived it offers a valuable resource for people interested in post-punk.  
 
We came across a beautiful collection of vintage photos of Brooklyn taken in in the summer of 1974.  
 
Photographer Danny Lyon spent two months snapping pictures of the daily life in the borough -- exploring Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green and Park Slope among other neighborhoods.
Macho Man Randy Savage -- one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time -- died today in a car accident in Tampa, Florida.  
 
TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel around 9:25 AM ... and lost control of his vehicle.  
 
 
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Hot Young Blades
In New Orleans, there’s an enormous old tree near City Park draped in Spanish moss with thick boughs that scrape the ground. A faded plaque says that “hot young blades” once fought duels here. “Gentlemen settled their differences with swords and pistols,” says the plaque, and “this was the field of satisfaction for wounded pride and dishonor.” An elderly couple snapped pictures of each other in front of the oak. “I’m a history buff,” the husband said, and he eagerly told me about the famous men who died here back when people slapped one another in the face with gloves and murdered each other beneath oak trees.  
 
Several hot young blades died the other night in New Orleans. 72 dead so far this year, mostly young men settling disputes with pistols. An altercation in front of a fast food restaurant. Two bodies and drug paraphernalia found in a stripped sports utility vehicle in a deserted parking lot. Satisfaction for wounded pride and dishonor.
Everyone says that the good ole' days were simpler times, but that doesn't mean that they were any less depraved, just depraved in a simpler fashion. One such example of this is the Playboy Bunn Manual which can be found here. An ex Playboy Bunny hung on to this gem and took the liberty of scanning it for the world to see, 43 years later.
U.K. documentary. Cool and interesting audio-visual montage on the then-happening mod, swingin' London pop, art, protest and fashion scenes. Rare concert footage and inside studio recording sessions. Psychedelic body painting. Music by Pink Floyd, the Animals, Rolling Stones. Interviews include: Mick Jagger, Andrew Loog Oldham, Eric Burdon, Julie Christie, Allen Ginsberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Caine, David Hockney, Lee Marvin.  
 
Sex, Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll: The '60s Revealed: This fascinating documentary series features never-before-seen footage of iconic show business figures from the 1960s interviewed 40 years ago by UK TV personality, the late Bernard Braden.  
 
 
only trouble - it is divided in 7 parts
This is the first in a series of articles about developments in Japanese popular music spanning from the mid-1960s to the late-1970s. Although much has been written on Japanese experimental and avant-garde music from this period, the 60s and 70s were also times of massive change and development for mainstream Japanese music, and the origin of the split between “underground” and “overground” in Japan’s pop music discourse.
In the turbulent times of the late 1960s, a printmaking collective called the Poster Workshop formed in a basement in Camden, London, and set about creating the disposable messages of a parade of activists and political groups that came through its door
Hobo Signs
There may be one or more signs that give the same message or, at times, there may be slightly different meanings for a sign. This can be accounted for by the fact that they may have been used in far different sections of the country. Not all Hobos traveled the whole country as some Harvest Hobos, for example, would just work up and down the west or east coast. Just as a spoken language has its own dialects and words for different areas a sign language would be the same. Most of the signs shown here however are, or were, used throughout the whole country. I have seen examples where some of the signs shown here were used in foreign countries and had the same meanings so, although the signs are called "Hobo Signs", their origin could well have been from a past era.  
The instructional LP "Play Guitar with The Ventures" was released 1965. It included photos, instructions and tabs, and charted on the Billboard Top 100. Finkbuilt has kindly provided us with scans and MP3's. "Walk Don't Run," "Tequila," "Memphis" and "Raunchy." I really wish I had this when I was a kid ...  
 
Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing
One hundred million years ago, the Earth was in the grip of an extreme Greenhouse Effect.  
 
The polar ice caps had all but melted; in the south, rainforests inhabited by dinosaurs existed in their place.  
 
These Antarctic ecosystems were adapted to the long months of winter darkness that occur at the poles, and were truly bizarre.  
 
But if global warming continues unabated, could these ancient forests be a taste of things to come?
A short film released by Popular Mechanics on May 21, 1948. A showcase of the technology of the near future.
Way back on September 13, 1931, The New York Times, founded in 1851, decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary by asking a few of the day's visionaries about their predictions of 2011 - 80 years in their future. Those assembled were big names for 1931: physician and Mayo Clinic co-founder W. J. Mayo, famed industrialist Henry Ford, anatomist and anthropologist Arthur Keith, physicist and Nobel laureate Arthur Compton, chemist Willis R. Whitney, physicist and Nobel laureate Robert Millikan, physicist and chemist Michael Pupin, and sociologist William F. Ogburn. Since these guys all have their own Wikipedia entries so many decades later, they had to have been important for their time, right? Perhaps not a diverse lot, but it was 1931.
He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy -- but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist.  
 
Snouck's extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca in a bygone age have gone on display in Dubai ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage that originally drew him to the heart of Islam.  
 
Accompanied by crackling, eerie soundscapes captured by Snouck using Thomas Edison's newly-invented wax cylinders, the exhibition paints a very different picture from the ornate and built-up Mecca familiar to modern visitors.  
 
Among the newly-restored platinum prints, one image taken from a nearby hillside shows the Kaaba, the instantly recognizable cubic building considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on the planet.