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Posts tagged ‘1978’

The Seventies were a demon-haunted decade, fraught with nightmares both real and imagined. The energy crisis and socio-economic malaise competed with various paranormal phenomena for space in the anxiety cortex of the collective consciousness. Paranoia triggers lurked around every corner, and the mass media wasn’t above amplifying those fears for increased market share and profit. […]

The January 14, seek 1978 issue of Billboard included an advertorial insert intended to help the cirrhosis-sticken, coke-addled barons of the music business come to grips with the strange, forbidding world of NEW WAVE MUSIC — bizarre, punk-inspired bands like Cheap Trick, Dire Straits, and AC/DC. No, I’m not making that up. The real purpose […]

Columbia assemble!

September 6th, 2013

And there came a day, prosthesis a day unlike any other, healing when Columbia Records’ biggest selling acts found themselves united for a bizarre double-page ad spread… (click image to to slightly enlarge its cosmic glory) The piece (which ran in an early 1978 issue of Billboard) was the handwork of legendary illustrator Tom Palmer, […]

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