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1970's Decade Overview

In the seventies, youth culture waved the white flag. Alternative culture still existed, but it retreated from the mainstream until it was almost powerless. At first, music benefited from the confusion and excess of ideas that had lingered from the mislaid optimism of the previous decade. By mid-decade, societal change was abandoned in the name of unenlightened self-interest; this meant the proliferation of ‘happy-face’ buttons, “Have a Nice Day” sloganeering, and eventually, disco. While Nixon’s resignation of the presidency could have been interpreted as a victory for the counterculture, the realization that no political vision coalesced from the ruins resulted in mass abandonment of a political agenda. Drugs and long hair were no longer a form of protest. Instead, they became a fashion accessory and a means of escaping reality. As the Vietnam war ended with a whimper, the American zeitgeist retreated to take stock of all that had happened. With a grueling recession forcing individuals to protect their own self-interest, a mindset coalesced that would come to be known as “The ‘Me’ Decade”.

Music suffered in a manner that was unthinkable in the sixties. With no visionary leaders to unify the masses, pop culture began to splinter into sub-divisions. Instead of a wealth of ideas, the resultant diversity often resulted in ignorance and a polarity of tastes, while pop music redefined itself as a means of lighthearted, and often simple-minded, escapism. By decades’ end, a new generation of rebels tried to break down the cultural atrophy with an angry, revitalized form of rock and roll known as ‘punk music’, but mass acceptance wasn’t forthcoming until it was de-fanged and diluted into something that came to be known as “The New Wave”. Despite all attempts, nothing was able to reclaim music from the hedonistic grasp of disco.

Top Ten Artists of 1975

Elton John

John Denver

Linda Ronstadt

Paul Mccartney And Wings

Neil Sedaka

Tony Orlando & Dawn

The Eagles

Freddy Fender

The Average White Band

The Captain And Tenille

Top Ten Artists of 1979

Donna Summer

The Bee Gees

Peaches And Herb

The Village People

Earth, Wind & Fire

The Doobie Brothers

The Knack





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