1970s

Nina Simone: Four Women - 1970's

Nina Simone performs an abridged version of her song Four Woman.

Black Music in America - 1970's

This tremendous educational documentary from the mid-1970's examines the priceless contributions of African-Americans to musical heritage, so closely tied to their unique history in the United States.

From Africa upon slave ships captive immigrants brought with them melodies, cadences and rhythms that inarguably gave rise to music considered 'modern' today.

Frank Zappa: Interview ABC-TV Australia - 1973

Frank Zappa was no stranger to Australia and its wildlife. Inspired by a monotreme encountered during his 1973 tour, the avant-rock polymath composed a complex jazz-fusion instrumental entitled ‘Echidna’s Arf (Of You)’. Three years later, he came face-to-face with that even rarer antipodean creature, the little Aussie bleeder, Norman Gunston.

Eastern Euro Modernity - 1970's

To the tune of Mozart's A Little Night Music, we take a tour through the height of modernity in early 1970's Central Europe.

This observational documentary about electricity and technology is quite artfully shot for an industrial film. A look at how modern Prague appeared in the early 1970's.

Funkadelic: Cosmic Slop promotional film - 1973

This is a promotional film for the song Cosmic Slop for the band Funkadelic shot in early 1970's New York City, notably in Central Park and a pre-scrubbed Times Square.

Sun Ra: In Egypt and Italy - 1971

In 1971 Sun Ra fulfilled a long-standing desire by performing with the Arkestra at ancient Egyptian pyramids.

This is old footage of Sun Ra and his Arkestra by the pyramids and in Sardinia, Italy.

Sun Ra  was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," musical compositions and performances.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: Suntory White - 1970's

Suntory was one of the first Asian companies to specifically employ American celebrities to market their product. One of the most notable is Sammy Davis, Jr., who appeared in a series of memorable Suntory commercials in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s, Akira Kurosawa directed a famous series of commercials featuring American celebrities on the set of his film Kagemusha.

Incendio - 1974

A brutal documentary account detailing the infamous Sao Paolo high rise fire of February 1, 1974.

With strange 1970's era electronic music soundtrack, shocking photo journalistic footage, iconic animation, and a deadpan narration, the film deconstructs the deadly conflagration and what went wrong.

PSA: Janey - 1970's

This PSA, part of a series from the early 1970's, shows Janey at one of those pivotal points in life where the message is if she makes the wrong choice, she will forever be doomed.

The sexual tension is palpable as Janey sensually caresses the mouth of the can as the funky grooves of the party throb in the background.

Sponsored by Schlitz.

2XL commercial - 1978

Before the XBox360, the PS3, or Wii, before Nintendo, ColecoVision, or the Apple 2+, there was, and forever will be, 2-XL.

 

2-XL was an educational toy in the shape of a robot that was introduced in 1978. 2-XL was the brainchild of Dr. Michael J. Freeman, who felt that toys should be both fun and educational. The toy was interactive, playing various tracks from a magnetic audio tape depending on the user's actions.

 

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