Monday, July 26, 2010

1964 World's Fair Guide Book

I just picked up one of my holy grails of 1964 World's Fair collecting. I have been looking for a Guide Book for quite some time. Although they're fairly easy to get I just hadn't gotten around to it. It's chock full of great info about the Fair and is full of cool ads promoting the wonders inside Flushing Meadows.

I especially like this ad for GE's Progressland, one of Walt Disney's great contributions to the Fair.

If you're a fan of the Fair, you can't be without this Guide Book. They're fairly cheap and plentiful on Amazon so there's no excuse to relive this great fair through its official gudie book.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Springsteen In Hyde Park

I just picked up this great DVD of Bruce Springsteen's show in London's Hyde Park during last year's Working On A Dream tour. It's The Boss at his best, featuring classics like Badlands, Jungleland, Rosalita, She's The One, and many more. They opened with a great version of The Clash's immortal London Calling. Courtesy of Youtube member leojunior70 are the E Streeters tearing through the punk classic.

This is one of the best Springsteen DVD's and a must buy for any fan of New Jersey's finest.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy 25th Anniversary Live Aid

Today marks the 25th anniversary of quite possibly the seminal music moment of my teenage years. Live Aid brought together a huge group of artists to bring support for the starving people of Africa. I remember being glued to MTV that day to watch all the festivities from London and Philadelphia. The artist roster was a who's who of 80's superstars.

I enjoyed most of it but the highlights for me then and now were the epic performances of U2 and Queen. In fact, I think U2's greatest moment was their awesome 12+ minute version of Bad. They were just awesome that day. Here's that magical moment courtesy of Youtube user dermoreilly.

Many people consider Queen's set the highlight of the whole day and who am I to argue? Here are the first two songs courtesy of Oberon 1966.

The crowd reaction during Radio Ga Ga is just mind blowing. They were just fantastic and this cemented my love of this great band. I can't believe it's been 25 years. I'll have to break out the DVD tonight and relive this great concert moment.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Last Hero

I just finished this great new book about baseball immortal Henry Aaron. He's always been one of my all time favorites and it was interesting to find out more about his upbringing and all the stuff that he went through when he broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974. I was fortunate to actually see Aaron play during his last season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976. I was six years old and remember my dad telling me he was the home run king and one of the greatest players of all time. I couldn't find the program from Royals Stadium that day but I still have my Hank Aaron baseball card from that last season.

If you have any interest in the Golden Age of baseball and one of the true greats of the game, check out this book. You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Ads

Courtesy of YouTube member chup123 comes these great 1970's Evel Knievel toy ads. I just recently found my stunt cycle and reunited him with my beat up Evel for the first time in 30 years.

Since Evel Knievel was as American as apple pie and baseball, I think I'll get the ol' stunt bike out and jump Evel off my back porch to celebrate the holiday. Happy Independence Day everybody!