The much-anticipated Optimum DVD release of The London Nobody Knows (1967) / Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1969) finally hit the shelves this week. But if you want to save yourself some cash, you can win one of the five DVD copies we are giving away in our latest competition.
Two widely differing mini-features, The London Nobody Knows is a fascinating snippet of the lesser-known side of London in 1967 – think decaying housing and theatres, street entertainers, down and outs and street markets. Not to mention the sites of jack The Ripper’s murders and the obligatory shots of swinging London – all overseen by veteran actor James Mason. Les Bicyclettes de Belsize is the complete opposite – a frothy swinging love story set to music on the streets and parks of late 60s Hampstead. And yes – there are bikes involved.
You can check out a full review at our Cinedelica site. Or you can just enter the competition, which is hosted on our Modculture website, at the link below.
Enter the London Nobody Knows / Les Bicyclettes de Belsize competition
Looking for some vintage soul? Or more specifically, are you looking for the kind of music currently filling the floors in the mod and rare soul clubs? Then you’ll be looking for a copy of Kent’s latest release – New Breed R&B With Added Popcorn.
Over at our sister site Modculture, we are giving away five copes of this new release CD (just out this week), which features 24 tracks of the finest late 50s and early 60s R&B – including a batch of rarities that have never been officially issued anywhere before.
All you have to do is follow the link below and get your name in the draw over at Modculture.
Enter the New Breed R&B With Added Popcorn competition
The more astute of you will realise that we run more sites than just this one. In fact, we have one that’s been going for many years longer than Retro To Go – the Modculture website. And just published on that site is a new article covering the mod look of today, titled modern-day mod labels.
Essentially, it’s a pick of the labels you can find online or on your local high street, carefully avoiding the target-branded rubbish you might see in various bargain bins and low-end retailers. I think you know who we are referring to!
Anyway, you might not agree with the selection of labels (for both men and women) on the site, but if you have any interest in the look, I’m sure you’ll want to check it out. You can by following the lnk below.
Read the modern-day mod labels article at Modculture
It seems a shame that there’s not more reproduction of great vintage artwork and gig posters, but there’s a few more fantastically quirky choices available right now thanks to Pop House.
They sell a huge range of retro artifacts, from Betty Boop signs to Lone Ranger TV badges. My favourite item, though, has to be this fantastic reproduction of a Supremes poster.
The art is fantastic, and its surely a must have for any Girl Groups devotee. At a bargain cost of $10.95, how can you resist?
Find out more at the PopHouse website
Etsy has long been a favourite hunting ground for little craft pieces, unique jewellery and art, so I was delighted to discover a similar site, Dawanda, another treasure trove of handmade goodies.
Dawanda is a German based site and it can be viewed in German, French or English. A cursory browse today brought up this lovely Retro Patterned Baby’s Bib. The description for this product is unfortunately in German (unfortunate for me that is as my German is beyond rusty), but there probably isn’t much that can be said about it. It is a baby’s bib, made out of vintage 1970s fabric and it costs 11.50 Euros (approximately £8.50).
To buy one visit the Kaku Unicum store on Dawanda.
Over at Electric Roulette, our latest Beginner’s Guide is a true classic – the Beginner’s Guide To… Sesame Street Records.
Yes, between 1974 and 1984, Sesame Street was pumping out records with an educational slant, some of them rubbish, some of them really very good. Which ones should you buy? Well a couple really stand out – read the full breakdown over the Electric Roulette site…
This and much more music at the Electric Roulette website