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Why were there so many shirtless album covers in the 1970s?

There's an incredible number of album covers in the mid-late 1970s where the (male) artists were shirtless - especially black artists. It was only for a few year period but was incredibly prevalent. It's also definitely not done in a 'sexy' way. It's often just a bunch of guys hanging out without shirts on. Is there a particular reason this came into vogue or was it just a quirk/fad of the era's fashion style? [more inside]
posted by basehead on Nov 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Children's book identification - 1970s

Another one of these! There is a book I have been trying to remember (for no real reason) for 157 years, and I'm finally going to ask. Early to mid-1970s, color illustrations, gems, a little girl... [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Period dramas that are more Cold War than Corset

I've realised that I really like period dramas that are a) set in the 20th Century, particularly post-war b) often feature a workplace environment. Mad Men, Mr Selfridge, Halt and Catch Fire, The House of Elliot. Are there any others I should know about? Extra points if it has interesting costumes and has me looking up historical details on Wikipedia after an episode. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 2, 2016 - 37 answers

Mecology Song - 1970s educational film

Along in the late 1970s when I was in grammar school, we watched a film in class that had a catchy tune about "Mecology" -- the idea being that ecology is relevant to you and "me." What was this film? (Could it have had something to do with being on a spaceship, or is my memory playing tricks on me?) [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Aug 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Style of house called Women's Day?

Our realtor said the design or floorplan of our new house is known as "Women's Day," because it was featured in the magazine of the same name back in the early 1970's, and was popular because of that. A Google search is yielding nothing. Perhaps it was a different magazine?? Perhaps it was the late 1960's? [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus on Aug 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Name This Tune - 1970s Cheerful "Shopping" Music

Hey - I've done my best, can't find it, now I'm turning to Ask Metafilter. Does anyone know what is the music in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stcF2TX-dCc [more inside]
posted by rmmcclay on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

What was life like for teenagers on Long Island in the late 1970s?

I'm brainstorming a YA novel that would be set in a wealthy Long Island suburb in 1979. What was life like for teenagers then? Anecdotes, stories, and book or movie suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 answers

What was childbirth like in the 1960s/70s?

My grandmother gave birth to 4 children in NJ in the 60s and 70s. All 4 births were in a hospital with whatever recommendations her doctor gave her. I'm curious about what she experienced, and what childbirth was generally like in the US at that time. [more inside]
posted by srrh on Mar 27, 2016 - 35 answers

Music to go with reading Holleran's "Dancer From The Dance"

I'm reading Andrew Holleran's classic gay novel "Dancer From The Dance." It's set in New York in the very early years of disco. (1972-74?) I'd like to build up a playlist of some tunes that set the mood, because most of the disco music I know is the later stuff (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, etc.) [more inside]
posted by dnash on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Where was this photo taken?

I found a photo of my parents, and neither of them are sure where it was taken, other than that it was taken in Europe between 1971 and 1974. Any ideas? The photo
posted by abbyladybug on Dec 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Any good books, resources about how they made motion graphics pre-CGI?

I am fascinated by 70s/early 80s motion graphics, most often in the form of TV station bumpers and network identities. A great example is this show reel from 1978. How on earth did they get these effects with (I'm assuming) optical printers and mirrors?
posted by Senor Cardgage on Nov 18, 2015 - 14 answers

1970s children's show with scary glowing door

In the late 70s or early 80s, I saw a TV show that involved a kid who wasn't supposed to open a glowing door. The kid reached for the door... he was about to open it... and at that point, I got freaked out and ran out of the TV room. My sense of terror makes it one of my more vivid childhood memories, and to this day, I often wonder what was behind that door. From these vague details, can you help me figure out what the show was so I can finally find the answer? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Nov 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What record album did my parents listen to every night?

When I was very young I slept next to my parents' room. Every night they listened to an album of Gospel music. It was an Englishman with a piano. He would tell the story of an old hymn and then sing it. I seem to remember "It Is Well" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus." It's possible the singer was someone who traveled between churches in the 1970s?
posted by jefficator on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find this vintage camera strap!

Please help me find my husband's dad's 1970s era camera strap online. [more inside]
posted by makonan on May 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Subterranean Flety Blues

I was recently gifted a tape of underground folk music from the Soviet hippies ("sistema") of the late 1970s. I'd like some help figuring out the lyrics to this Dylanesque tune. Hive mind, can you help? (Note: I don't know a word of Russian myself.)
posted by mykescipark on Apr 27, 2015 - 2 answers

What SF book from the 60s or 70s had spiked baseballs?

I am trying to remember the name or author of a paperback SF book I read in the 1970s. From the tone, I'm pretty sure it's a late 60s or 70s publication. Memories inside: [more inside]
posted by Mogur on Jan 30, 2015 - 2 answers

Can anyone help me identify this television play from the 70s?

There was a play I saw on TV in the '70s. I don't remember a title, or any character's name, but it was about a faculty at a British school of some sort, and an amiable professor of some unimportant english course, who was always there to help other faculty members with whatever came up. [more inside]
posted by carping demon on Nov 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Are there any salacious history books of 1970's gameshows?

So I met a guy who used to work on a few of the celeb shows of the 1970's - the Bert Convy, Jamie Farr, Young Betty White years. He was telling some stories that were equal parts shocking and hilarious. I was wondering: IS there some sort of oral history of the shows and all their craziness at the time BESIDES Confessions of Dangerous Mind? I'd love to read about it.
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Hamming it up

How would a ham have been presented in a church holiday food basket in the early 1970s? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

1970s science fiction short story about a young mother going crazy?

There's this science fiction story I can recall reading in at least one anthology, if not multiples. It is told from the perspective of a young mother who is going crazy dealing with her kid(s). The writing is very stark and bleak, but it's a fun story nonetheless. I am fairly certain the author was a woman. I believe it's from the late 60s or early to mid 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Woman's Day From 1970's worth selling?

I'm going through my father's garage, and have come across two waist high piles of magazines from the 1970's, most likely waiting room material left over from when he owned a small business. They seem to mostly be "Woman's Day" and "Woman" magazines from 1970-1974. Should I separate the decent ones from the yellowing and crumbled ones, and try to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

What were these peotry books and where could I buy them?

When I was a child, my uncle gave me four books which were anthologies of all sorts of poetry illustrated with collages, sketches, and other artworks. They were hardback books with a square format roughly 10" x 10". From the style of the illustrations I'd say they were published in the 70s. My mum threw them away after she had a fight with my uncle - now that I've finally forgiven her for that, can you help me identify the books and buy them? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

US 1970s educational/science TV series?

I'm trying to remember a series of shows broadcast in the late 1970s or maybe as late as 1980 or so. It explained science topics through the lens of recent discoveries or advancements. It might have been PBS but I think it was a "special broadcast" on network tv. I loved them and got all excited when one would be on, so I don't think it was regular or weekly. The only one I specifically remember was on the brain, told through the story of a little girl (?) who needed brain surgery. It wasn't for specifically for kids, but I recall them being very upbeat and "yay science!" They were broadcast in prime time, probably 8 PM. Also: it's definitely not Connections. Apologies - this may the the vaguest TV-related AskMe yet!
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

I want to know more about '60s-'70s concert poster design.

Please educate me about 1960s-1970s concert poster design. Specifically, the style with black printing over a vibrant gradient, like these. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Please help me identify, and then license, this awesome 1970s muzak!

We want to license this song for a commercial video production. Please help me identify it and track down the original owner/composer or licensing agency. [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Was the American outlook in the early 70s really that bleak?

Was the American outlook in the early 70s really that bleak or is that just what survived culturally? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 25, 2014 - 45 answers

It is only coincidentally Pancake Day

I was disappointed in Google/YouTube and their ability to regurgitate whatever garbage my subconscious dredged up out of my childhood memories, for the first time in a long time today when I tried to find the Golden Griddle pancake syrup commercial from the late 1970's that had someone writing "oh!" in syrup on a stack of pancakes. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Horror movie involving a house that eats people

A friend of mine, in discussing Flowers in the Attic with her husband, discovered that he thought that title was attached to a very different story. In her words, "a horror movie about a family moving into an awful run-down house and it gradually kills them all and at the end the house is lovely with blooming flowers cuz it is happy and well fed." Obviously this is not Flowers in the Attic, but what IS it? He thinks it was from the 1970s, probably the late seventies, but he can't remember any other details.
posted by KathrynT on Jan 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Children's book: mid 1970s, a scary (for me) mystery

This is what I remember: A boy (and his dog?) wants to go outside, and he asks his mother for permission. She says "okay, but don't cross any streets in this fog!" [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for fairy tale book, read in the mid-1970s.

Children's book filter: Am thinking it was Sleeping Beauty, though it may have been Rapunzel or some other fairy tale with a wicked queen and a princess. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

NAME THAT FILM PART N, Regency Fop edition

Some time ago, on one of the national basic cable movie channels (USA, I think) which would run multiple showings of a given film for a month or so, I repeatedly flipped into a period film that amused me each time I watched a snippet. Unfortunately, I never watched enough of the film to get a good idea of the plot, and therefore can't effectively describe the story, sooo... [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Nov 29, 2013 - 23 answers

History Trivia

I'm writing a trivia game for a birthday party. What are events from the 1950s through today that 60 yr olds would have a good grasp of that I would miss out on just by scanning through wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by troika on Nov 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Most joke-dense movies of the 70s?

I'm looking for movies from the 70s that have the highest joke density. They don't have to be good jokes, they don't have to be a particular type of joke and I'm not even looking for good movies - I'm looking for quantity over quality, a dizzying number of joke attempts per hour. What should I watch? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Aug 18, 2013 - 37 answers

Help identifying a 1970s comic book where the villain was a gas pump...

Probably early to mid 1970s, color, possible a free giveaway, likely newsprint cover, maybe ecology / gas shortage / conservation themed? Cartoony superhero style probably. I remember getting this as a kid at an outdoor public event on the west coast of BC, Canada - but I assume it wasn't a location-specific comic. It might have been a premium / advertising / educational thing. I've been trying to identify it for years, but that's about all the info that I can recall. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by acroyear on Jun 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Alternative newspaper history

I am interested in speaking with people involved with the underground newspaper Dragonseed (or Dragon Seed), published in Baltimore and/or Timonium, MD, around 1972-1973. (No, I am not looking for folks involved with Dragonseed Harry.) Most of the contributors used only first names or pseudonyms. What would be the best way to get the word out about this? I was thinking about an ad in the City Paper, but I'm not sure people actually read ads like that.
posted by liketitanic on May 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Comprehensive histories of the Us in the 1970s?

I'm looking for the US equivalent of Dominic Sandbrook's State of Emergency: Britain 1970–1974—books that explore not just the politics, movements and 'big events' of the decade, but aspects such as pop culture and the changes in daily life and habits. [more inside]
posted by kaisemic on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Trying to identify a book for a friend

Help me identify this book? Hardback, with illustrations of towns & shops; lots of detail, kind of cartoony, escalators & stairs crossing. 1960s/70s? Know it's not much to go on, but it's all he gave me. Have at it guys.
posted by ulanbator3 on Jan 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Please help me remember a short story!

Short story help, please. I remember this... [more inside]
posted by pentagoet on Dec 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Why did fantasy van art become a thing?

Fantasy van art, what and why? When I was little I remember seeing these conversion vans with Conan or Thor or whatever airbrushed on the outside and never thought much of it. Now, though, I am curious about what this phenomenon was all about. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Dec 9, 2012 - 9 answers

1970s animated cartoon about U.S. History (NOT schoolhouse rock)

animated 1970s tv series about U.S. History? this is NOT the schoolhouse rock episodes. the one i am remembering was more serious, working through historical situations with animated scenes. the episode i remember most vividly was about the British burning the white house. does anyone else remember this series and what the name of it was?? might have been made around the bicentennial, but not sure.
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

(I already know where to find the faded but garish glory of the 90s.)

Other than the Peppermill, the Neon Graveyard, or some of the casinos on Fremont Street, where are the best places to visit in Las Vegas to experience the faded but still garish glory of the 60s and 70s?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me identify this movie?

I've had this vague memory of a 1970s-80s crime movie in the back of my brain. Can you help identify it? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Oct 1, 2012 - 7 answers

There's a hole in the countertop, dear Liza, dear Liza

What should we do with this big 1'x2.5' hole in the top of a bathroom countertop? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 answers

ID this book, 1970s YA edition.

Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me. Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s: 1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water. 2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter. Any ideas?
posted by Bourbonesque on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me find these 1970s robot toys.

I'm try to find a series of robot toys I had in the early 1970s. I've tried various relevant search terms on Google, AskMe and eBay, but have come up empty. Maybe you can help based on the details I remember. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for South African novel

South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Jul 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?

I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

What??

Help me remember this cartoon. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on May 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Do you know her?

I am trying to identify a woman from a cookbook. "The only thing I know about her is two pictures from a cookbook printed by the Maryland Seafood Marketing Authority (Department of Economic and Community Management) in the mid-1970s." [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

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