Since I first created Nostalgia Central in 1998, the site has been fortunate to receive a number of favourable mentions in newspapers, magazines and at other websites such as the BBC and Yahoo. In the firm belief that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, I bring you a selection of reviews from around the world.
So you’re a fashionably dispossessed Gen – Xer who likes retro music and style for the rehabilitative qualities or irony.
Want to know what it was really like being a kid back then? Head to Nostalgia Central, where Brit David Turner reminisces about growing up during the ’60s in the north of England, with a special emphasis on music, television and pop culture.
His writings are incisive and entertaining, and the site is remarkably thorough for a personal page. There are also some intriguing historical timelines so you might actually learn something.
Yahoo Internet Life magazine. USA.
Do you remember Pac Man, the A-team and the Monkees? Relive these elements of pop culture at Nostalgia Central.
The site is a trip down memory lane, detailing the music, movies and TV shows of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Surf around and reminisce about the good old days.
Nostalgiacentral.com is a fantastic collection of all that was good and not so good in this illustrious decade.
The year by year news breakdown serves as a great reminder of some pretty memorable world events, from the death of John Lennon to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. But of course, the question on everyone’s lips in 1980 was ‘Who shot JR?’!
And if you don’t remember . . . this is the place to find out”.
Nostalgia Central offers a funny and sentimental look at American, British and Australian pop culture from the 1960s to the ’80s.
There’s a growing number of pages on mainstream and cult classics in music, television and more. The Sixties music section features the Beach Boys, the Who and more obscure names like The Tremeloes.
Read band biographies and listen to music clips . . . The site includes priceless pictures, albeit not always of the best quality.
Bottom line: Take a groovy trip through three decades of pop culture.
Access Magazine. USA.
Children of the 1960s, don’t fret. Someone actually remembers what happened in your golden decade.
Matter-of-factly, they recorded it all and archived it at “Nostalgia Central.”
Take a trip down memory lane, or figure out what to retro next, at this site listing popular culture chestnuts from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. And, for some reason, children of the 1980s, the mullet isn’t listed as a cultural icon anywhere in your decade. Hmmm…
Herald Dispatch, Huntington WV, USA.
David Turner’s major site for collective memory encompassing TV, Music, Movies Comics etc. to be recalled if you grew up in the 60’s, 70’s 80’s or 90’s.
Andy Pandy’s signature tune, a poignant farewell to us all, Time to go home, echoes through time (as a .wav file) to ex-children everywhere”.
The British Council.
The British Council recommend Nostalgia Central as a study link.
When Simone Signoret remarked that “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be,” we’re pretty sure she hadn’t yet seen Nostalgia Central, a vast online tribute to what was going on in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
All you Baby Boomers out there can refresh your memories and bore your children with details of popular culture that you lived through and forgot already. You’ll find plenty of facts and photos of your favorite or not-so-favorite bands, TV shows, etc. arranged by topic, or you can browse the year-by-year feature of major and minor events of the decade in question.
The site tries to be more than a stroll down memory lane as it traces political and social trends of English-speaking countries – but with a decidedly left-leaning point of view. If your nostalgia extends to Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher, look elsewhere.On the other hand, if you need to remember why exactly you loved “The Brady Bunch”, this is a good place to start.
The sheer amount of material will keep the nostalgic entertained for a good long while.
If you harbor fond recollections of a time gone by (whether you were there or not), join me on a stroll down the Web’s virtual Memory Lane. Those were the days, my friends-they need not ever end.
This site is centered around British, American, and Australian TV, movies, music, toys, and popular culture between 1960 and 1989.
Reader’s Digest New Choices.
It has a section on each of those decades with TV, music, movies, pop culture and news. And because its creator comes from Yorkshire, it’s not too transatlantic either.
Youthwork Magazine, UK.
You’ll love this site devoted to all things 70s. If you think you have a good memory of 70s TV/films/music and fads, pop along to this site and I’ll bet webmaster David Turner will surprise you with details of those you forgot about ! And if that wasn’t enough, he does the same for the 60s and 80s.
A must see site!
The Naff Caff.
This colorful and extensive site lends itself to arbitrary browsing. Along with each decade’s introduction, the site features a year-by-year guide, as well as a detailed exploration of themes under such headings as Pop Culture, Movies, Television, and Music. An alphabetical listing of highlights for each decade spotlights figures like 60’s London icon Mary Quant to 1980’s monster trucks.
The site is global in its coverage, looking at events from the strange, 1967 disappearance of Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt to the 1986 disaster at the Soviet nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, in the Ukraine.
From serious to silly, it’s all grist to the mill of Nostalgia Central.
For David Turner, founder of the Nostalgia Central website, reliving the past is harmless fun.
Nostalgia Central is a “one-stop shop for everything from the 60s, 70s and 80s”, providing potted, year-by-year histories of the pop culture, television shows, fashion and movies of the modern era.
Turner says the people who visit his site enjoy it as “pure nostalgic entertainment”. All they want to do is “cherish the memories of the three greatest decades of the 20th Century”.
But according to Andrew Calcutt, a lecturer at the University of East London and author of Arrested Development: Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood, young adults’ obsession with their 80s childhoods suggests they might feel uncertain about their own futures.
BBC News. UK.