About Vintage Stuff

The aim of Vintage Stuff is to display some of the ephemera that I have collected, often inadvertently, over the years. I am now deliberately seeking out interesting old adverts, screen shots, leaflets, obscure record covers, picture postcards and illustrations; anything that catches my eye, in fact. They will be mainly, but not exclusively of UK origin (so many vintage blogs appear to be American) and almost always a scan from something that I actually have in my collection, rather than off the net. If you do re-blog, please acknowledge the source. Further stuff, mainly photographs, can be found on my Flickr pages, via the Benny Hill record cover.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Ghosts of gigs past

I took this photograph in London (I can't remember exactly where, possibly around Waterloo), sometime in 1973. Groups featured include Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Springfield Revival, Ralph McTell and Barclay James Harvest. I only went to one London gig (did we call them that then?) during the 1970s, to see the ever excellent Colin Blunstone, supported by Highway and Brian Augers Oblivion Express at the Sundown, Edmonton.

I cannot remember how much it cost, although I have the ticket somewhere, but I bet it wan't much. In 1979 you could, for example, have seen John Martyn for just £1.50, which seems a bargain compared to Hawkwind (£3.00), Talking Heads/Human League (also £3.00) or Gallagher & Lyle or Ronnie Lane for £3.75. Mind you, Dr Feelgood plus supprort were on at the Queensway Hall in Dunstable, ten minutes walk away from my flat on 16 December. Yes I know I should have gone..........

The average price for a chart album in 1979 was £3.99.

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