How To Stop a UFO Attack – A Step By Step Guide

How To Stop a UFO Attack – A Step By Step Guide

It’s really quite simple: This is Moonbase – These are the folk who are supposed to stop the UFO’s entering the Earth’s atmosphere in the first place This is also where the good looking women in the purple wigs are. Moonbase is usually commanded by the very tasty Lieutenant Gay Ellis . This is SID(…)

Finding copies of old TV programmes

Finding copies of old TV programmes

One of the most frequent requests I receive at Nostalgia Central is for assistance in tracking down video recordings of old TV shows, advertisements, musical appearances and movies. Unfortunately, many of the programmes and films being sought are not commercially available, and even those that are can be extremely difficult to find. Remember that a considerable(…)

Say a Prayer for The Pretenders

We are dancing, Chrissie Hynde and I, to a Sex Pistols single, the exact title of which has been blurred by time and a good deal of alcohol. Heated discussions concerning the role of the rock journalist as public executioner have given way to abandoned physical exertion, although this is perhaps as much to maintain blood temperature(…)

Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Wayne Robins, Newsday, 25 January 1976 IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff Darts. Ramones. Planets. Heartbreakers. Shirts. Television. Day Old Bread. Manster. They are names of some of the better known of hundreds of New York area bands, often categorized under the(…)

RAM and JUKE Magazines

Australian Anthony O’Grady was a dedicated music fan and had written occasional record reviews for Go-Set and its early rival Soundblast. Ironically, the first encounter he had with future partner Phillip Mason was as an outraged freelancer demanding payment. Mason was working at Go-Set and offered O’Grady the finance for a new music magazine. RAM was(…)

The Girl On The School Sign Steps Out

She has what must be Britain’s best-known silhouette – yet for 40 years she has been anonymous herself. Since 1964, the sign displaying a little girl leading an even smaller boy across the road has been warning motorists to slow down near schools. The silhouette is a self-portrait of graphic artist Margaret Calvert, now 68,(…)

Rolling Stone

The brainchild of a young Berkeley dropout named Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone magazine was founded in 1967 with a mere $7,500 and a few volunteers on the second floor of a San Francisco print shop. Debuting on 9 November 1967, Rolling Stone was the first significant publication that truly understood and explored the tremendous importance(…)

Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

The House of Hammer was founded in the 1930s by Enrique Carreras and William Hinds (William Hammer to his audience). At the heart of Bray Studios in Berkshire, stood a 17th Century mansion with resident ghost, the Blue Lady, wafting through the house. It was a perfect marriage when Carreras and Hind purchased the mansion(…)

Sherbet Remembered

The intermission lights were dimming and scattered chatter was turning into a cacophony of high-pitched squeals and titters. OL’55 and TMG had carried off the first half admirably, fuelling the mounting frenzy. Streamers were ankle deep over the stage. Under cover of darkness, 5,000 young females had poised and primed themselves for the marathon to(…)

Sherbet: Around Australia in 350,000 Girls

Denise is 12 years old. She is stamping her feet outside the 2GZ radio station in Orange, mostly to keep some circulation happening, for the late afternoon is wet and cold. But there’s some anger in the petulant stomp, stomp! STOMP! of thick school leather against wet concrete. “Why isn’t Garth here,” she pouts. “Garth(…)

Get Your Skates On Mate – Behind The Scenes of The Italian Job

1969: Neil Armstrong walks on the moon, America bombs Vietnam, and dozens of Minis bring Turin to a standstill. Nostalgia Central takes you behind the scenes of The Italian Job – The greatest caper movie of all time. Troy Kennedy Martin as The Screenwriter It says a lot for Troy Kennedy Martin that you’d still probably know who he was even(…)

That’s Where It Was At . . .

The doorway was just south of Shaftesbury Avenue on the west side of Wardour Street. Walk along the echoey hall, down the stairs to the basement. It was dark, atmospheric. A bar, a small dance floor and the stage straight ahead with -oddly – a few rows of seats in front. We’re down the ‘Mingo(…)

The Rolling Stones In Exile

The two pre-eminent British bands of the gaudy 1960s marked the grey dawn of the 1970s in very different ways. The Beatles marked it by making solo albums and sniping at each other among the plundered ruins of their Apple organisation; The Rolling Stones marked it by becoming tax-exiles in France. So which band looked(…)

The Curse Of Plonk – The late Ronnie Lane: Some day his bad luck surely must end . . .

The Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert. Royal Albert Hall, London. 8 April 2004 For anyone up to speed with the tragic trajectory of Ronnie Lane, the circumstances surrounding his May 2004 Memorial Concert, ‘One For The Road’, struck a familiar chord. The diminutive East Ender’s impressive solo work and central role in two iconic British bands(…)

Public Information Films (PIFs) in Britain – The Green Cross Man Cometh 

Public Information Films (PIFs) in Britain – The Green Cross Man Cometh 

Once upon a time in a country where children were served warm milk for free in the middle of the morning, the TV overlords surveyed the multitude of potential disasters that awaited the well-meaning but feckless populace and decided that “something must be done”. The result , via the Orwellian-sounding Central Office of Information, was(…)

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