Apr 30, 2014

All This Talking Is Only Bravado


A Walk Across The Rooftops
The Blue Nile (1984)
The debut album from the Scottish band The Blue Nile was released 30 years ago today.  I originally discovered them after finding a beautiful song called Tinseltown In The Rain on a new wave mixtape.  You can listen to it here.

Apr 14, 2014

Zombies At The Wienerwald



Dawn Of The Dead
Embassy 1 on 7th Avenue - New York, NY
The George A. Romero zombie classic premiered in Italy on September 1, 1978, but it didn't make its way to the United States until the following April.  This photo was taken sometime in the second half of April, 1979 with it being screened at the Embassy 1 near Times Square.

The last time I wrote about this theater, I mentioned that the 1560 Broadway property to the right was once a Weinerwald Austrian Restaurant, but by the time that photo was taken, it had already been converted into a McDonald's.  In this photo, you can see the original Weinerwald when it was in its prime.



While researching Weinerwald, I found another photo of the restaurant that also includes the marquee from the Embassy 1 theater next door.  This one was taken by photographer Nick DeWolf at a time when the Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner disaster film Earthquake was being shown.

There's a lot more information about this Weinerwald location on the NY History Geschichte blog.

Apr 13, 2014

Picture It... London, 1970


Traffic in London
British Pathé (1970)
Shot from the front seat of a moving vehicle driving through the black taxi cabs, double decker buses, and other ordinary London traffic.