I came across this while browsing the fantastic Google Books magazine archive, as I am wont to do. It's a special on Michael Jackson from the December 1982 issue of Ebony. Jackson had just released his landmark Thriller album and had contributed the song "Someone in the Dark" to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The article is clearly from the age when M.J. could do no wrong, and the ugly rumors and innuendo that dogged his professional and personal lives had yet to surface. He was still simply Michael, beloved pop singer on the cusp of mega-stardom. But what's really fun -- and a little sad -- is to look at all the pictures, featuring Michael looking happy and rubbing elbows with the biggest names in entertainment at the time -- Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Dian
After several years of dormancy, my trusty mmf-2.1 turntable was recently dusted off and plugged in. To celebrate the moment, I went with one of my favorite albums of all time, Kiss's 1975 classic live document, Alive!. One thing that caught my eye this time wasn't the vinyl or the cool band pictures inside, but rather the paper dust sleeves. One side bears the classic Casablanca Records logo, but the other is just a typical ad for the label's other releases. Kiss's first three studio albums and Alive! are here, as one would expect. But check it out, there's Parliament, Buddy Miles, and Donna Summer too! If that doesn't scream 1970s I don't what does.