With fall right around the corner, we’re taking style cues from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to make saying goodbye to summer just a little easier. We’re talking rock n’ roll elements mixed with bohemian silhouettes, resulting in a little something we’re calling Vagabond. In that spirit, we put together a list of music, movies, and icons you need to check out ASAP (that’s right, even your Netflix cue needs a break sometimes). Here’s your cheat sheet to our latest obsession, curated by our very own purveyor of all things retro, Meredith Hunter.
Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg: Je t’aime…moi non plus (1969)
From the whispered “Je t’aime” on the opening track to the epic string outro, solo and duet performances by Serge Gainsbourg and his lover at the time, Jane Birkin, provide the perfect mix of groove and sensuality.
Patricia: Mes Rêves De Satin (1968)
Patricia created a haunting French version of “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues, leaving us with the most addictive fast vibrato, an epic chorus filled with bold string parts, and a driving bass line. If that doesn’t have you convinced, tune in for the harpsichord breakdown—you can’t pass that up.
David Bowie: Hunky Dory (1971)
Recorded in the summer of 1971, Hunky Dory is all about ch-ch-ch-changes. Bowie took an array of styles, infused them with his innovative sound, and sang over the tracks with what feels more like floating bohemian poetry than song lyrics.
The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle (1968)
Straight out of Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, Odessey and Oracle was one of the most critically acclaimed albums by The Zombies. You might recognize “Time of the Season,” but stay for anthems like “Friends of Mine” and “Care of Cell 44.”
Inspired by Julio Cortázar’s short story, “Las babas del diablo,” Blow-Up is a British-Italian film about a fashion photographer who believes he captured a murder on film. Did we mention Herbie Hancock scored the film? Yep, this one is pure gold.
Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London (1967)
Peter Whitehead’s semi-documentary about swinging London in the 1960s is a series of psychedelic performances and interviews featuring live performances by Pink Floyd. Along with appearing in the film, Pink Floyd released a soundtrack LP in 1968.
Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974)
Céline and Julie Go Boating is a French film directed by Jacques Rivette that follows the adventures of Julie and Céline, an inexplicably linked pair of young women, who find their lives averted by a bizarre boudoir melodrama. It also happens to be the inspiration for Desperately Seeking Susan.
Mick Jagger made his film acting debut in this British crime drama, which received both criticism and praise for its explicit sex and drug scenes. Jagger is also featured on the soundtrack with “Memo from Turner,” a song that he wrote with fellow Rolling Stone, Keith Richards.
An Italian-born actress, model, and fashion designer, Pallenberg is known for her heavy influence on the male-dominated world of rock music in the late 1960s. She was romantically linked to Brian Jones and Keith Richards (yep, two Rolling Stones), and is known for her rock-infused bohemian aesthetic.
Known for hits like “Sister Morphine” and “As Tears Go By,” Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. She had a highly publicized relationship with Mick Jagger and was one of the first style icons to mix rock-n-roll elements with couture pieces.
Barbara Hulanicki is most well-known for being the founder of the iconic London fashion store, Biba (we’re still totally crushing over their art deco black and gold logo). The Biba look was all about long legs, bright faces, and dolly eyes—a fun little fact: Anna Wintour was a former Biba employee.
At the age of nineteen, Maria Schneider became well-known for playing Jeanne opposite Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris. Her signature shaggy hair and borrowed from the boys style made her the ultimate ‘70s dream babe.
From her signature middle part to her epic portrayals of outlaw characters, Meiko Kaji was the the bad girl of Japanese cinema and music in the 1970s. You might also recognize her songs “Shura no Hana” and “Urami Bushi,” which were used in Kill Bill.
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