Monday, March 30, 2015

Studio 54 in the Suburbs: A Look at One Reader's Grooving '70s Abode


I'm willing to bet that if you visit sites like Go Retro, one of your dreams is to live in a mid-century modern home of your very own and decorate it with wild retro abandon (I know it's one of my dreams.) Well, allow me to introduce you to the home of Go Retro reader and fan Richard, who recently made that dream his reality. 



This was Richard's Denver area house from the outside when he purchased it with his husband Gerald in 2014. Very Brady Bunch, don't you think? It's nice enough from its street view, but the real treat is what is on the inside...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I'm Still Here!


So, Go Retro fell off the track again with the regular postings. Yes, I've been neglecting this site but not without a good reason...I've been making a bit of money the past few weeks via a freelance site. Not a lot, mind you, but enough that I'll be able to pay my car's excise tax next month without having to dip into my savings account to do so. 

Most of the money I've made so far has been from taking surveys (and believe me, I've contributed more than my fair share by now to academic research on topics that cover everything from black bean burgers to how I feel about the Supreme Court.) But some of the first-come, first-serve quick projects I've snatched up have been copywriting assignments that pay a few bucks. Long story short, I could either make around $15/day on the site with some detective work, or hope for $1/day in Google AdSense revenue here. You do the math. 

However, I'm now making the effort to put more time into Go Retro in the coming weeks. I'm halfway done with a post about a reader's 1970s house (trust me, it'll be worth the wait!) and I think it's high time that the blog got an updated banner--something much simpler but yet still cries retro. In the past few months I've been striving to make Go Retro look more like a real website and less like a blogspot blog. Something to think about.

So thanks for sticking around and just FYI, the blog's Facebook page has still been regularly updated! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New REBEAT Article: It's the Same Old Song (9 Notable Cases of Music Plagiarism)


Music plagiarism has been a hot topic in the news lately, first plaguing Sam Smith and now involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. In my latest feature for REBEAT, I highlighted some music plagiarism cases that involved more retro songs...did you know that the flute melody in "Down Under" was apparently inspired by an Australian nursery rhyme about a kookaburra bird?

I promise I have some new posts in the works. Here's a look at what is coming to Go Retro this week:

An Ode to Big Ass Home Audio Systems - Exactly what it is; we'll take a fond look back at the elaborate and super sized home stereo system from the 1960s through the 1980s (hint: there's no room here for a puny iPod docking station and speakers.)

Studio 54 in the Suburbs - An exclusive look at one Go Retro reader's gorgeous, groovy circa 1970s and how he restored it to its "Swingtown" retro glory while keeping it modern. Trust me--you're going to LOVE this home!

I hope everyone is having a great week!


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