What is it about the 1970s that captures our attention?
Is it the events?
Is it the pop culture?
Is it the music?
What is it about that particular era that people remember so fondly (or not)? For me, at least, it was an incredibly GARISH time. I’m not talking about how things can look huge and garish to a young child, no; these things were hugely garish on their own. The clothes, the music, the everything was loud or garish or a total kinesthetic assault. We children knew that the fashions were indeed the fashion, but even a three year old can comprehend that men wearing platform shoes was a terrible idea (if you weren’t Elton John, Elvis, or Rod Argent).
There was disco. (Enough said—pro and con.)
There were massacres at the beginning and end of the decade. The Manson trial began the 70s, Jim Jones ended them, and Richard Nixon had his own Saturday Night Massacre.
I don’t remember much of it, but what I do remember is both mind bendingly fantastic and incomprehensible. That one decade seemed to encompass so much drama, that it seems impossible to believe it actually happened. August 9th will be the 39th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation—it seems impossible to comprehend an actual president resigning, much less the scandal that caused him to do so.
I’m attempting to wrap my mind on what it would’ve been like to watch the Watergate hearings—was there nothing but “Watergate Watergate Watergate!” 24 hours a day, or did the constant OJ-style coverage come later?
Obviously, I haven’t even gotten to the end of the Vietnam War or the end of the draft…there were so many events in that one ten year span that it begs a comparison to today. If I don’t want to hear about (insert event here that is on constant rotation), I can simply tune out via YouTube, put in a DVD, videotape, read, etc. Then, your choices were reading, putting “Frampton Comes Alive” or “Nexus” on the turntable or listening to Casey Kasem’s Top 40. (I’m not mentioning 8-tracks, 4-tracks, reel-to-reel or cassettes, because they don’t exist).
The Seventies: an interesting decade…to say the least!