Old rock/music magazines/comic books Nothing captures the tone of an era like the attitudes expressed in an old magazine.......sometimes the advertisements are even more telling.....Certain "ideas" and "attitudes" I'd totally forgotten about from the '70s for example can be gleaned.
One example is a magazine from '78 called "Rock Scene". On the cover it said "for you metallers:Aerosmith, and for you punkers: AC/DC. Wow! They kicked up each bands "extreme" factor up a notch! then I remember that Aerosmith was indeed what heavy metal was back then....another euphemism for hard rock. Led Zeppelin were considered metal too....And AC/DC before they became super-huge (and with Bon Scott) were indeed often lumped in with punk rock acts, I'd just forgotten that it was that blatant.
And also the shift within certain decades.
Like how from '70-'74 was your Brady Bunch/Pet Rock/Watergate/Planet of the Apes/movie monster/Evel Knievel '70s....then came '75-'78 (usually the part of the decade that is depicted/remembered the most) with the advent of disco,space-themed movies,Bubble Yum, younger brother teen idols (Jimmy Osmond, Shaun Cassidy, Randy Jackson)and the blockbuster movie and other super-hyped media, like television shows.(Mork&Mindy,CHiPs etc.)
And then there's '79, the "bastard year". The first half was an extension of what had been going on up until that point. But I'll be damned if back to school that year if disco, KISS, Aerosmith, and many other things were DEAD (Except for Star Wars).
But anyhow that is some of what else I collect besides DVD's, and what I get out of it.
"See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil, have no Fun"