Rare Photos From The '60s and '70s Lost To Time

By Sarah Norman | February 10, 2024

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates in promo pics for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Ah yes, remembering the good old days…. It's enough to make you a wanna jump back into the past so you can slide back into one of these creepy space chairs (as pictured) isn't it? No, but seriously, there are so many worthwhile memories to explore right here, so sit back, relax, turn up the Stones, Madonna, or Zeppelin, whatever your flavor… and enjoy.  

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The hilarious coming-of-age comedy film directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe was adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. For the book, Crowe actually went undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego and wrote about his experiences.

The film follows the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), and their friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Sean Penn plays Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer-type with a history teacher for a nemesis. The film is full of future stars, in addition to the main cast, it also marks early appearances from Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Anthony Edwards. 

Purple rain or purple reign. Prince in 1979

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Yikes! Purple and fuchsia reign supreme in this photo of Prince back in 1979. At the time this photo was taken, his 1979 self-titled album Prince went platinum. His next three records were Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982). In 1984 Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his eponymous 1984 film debut and it became his most critically and commercially successful project. It spent 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Prince continued to have great success up until his death in April of 2016 from a fentanyl overdose. The artist was 57 years old.