The 1970s

imageIs it possible to define a decade in a soundbite?

The Forties were defined by war, the Fifties by rock and roll, the Sixties swung, but the Seventies?

This question has come about as a result of the Offspring’s big summer homework project on the Seventies. Everytime she’s been challenged to summarise ‘what she’s learnt’ about this decade, she’s been able to recite facts about what happened, but sum it all up? No way. But then neither could I. Grim? Badly dressed? Powerless (literally)? Economically challenged? Sugarless? Strike prone? Musically diverse?

Trying to get a handle on it was like trying to nail jelly to a wall. Narrowing things down to just one year, didn’t help either.

Take 1976.

Lots of things happened that year. Heat. Drought. The Cod War. The Sex Pistols swore on TV. James Hunt became Formula One world champion. The Labour party were in power.  Clothes were starting to feel the effects of disco, new wave and punk. But think about it, what’s it’s defining characteristic? No, still struggling.

Why bother? you might ask, but the ability to summarise a flavour or mood of a time helps in the business of communicating that history to people who didn’t experience it first hand. And that can only be a good thing.

The solution?

The 1970s will be the first decade defined by punctuation.  ???

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2 Responses to The 1970s

  1. Ridiculously flared jeans, platform shoes, glam rock … the height of bad clothes. I wore them all so I should know. 🙂

    I think the flavour of the 70’s is definitely OTT … clothes and music … and both together. TRex, Gary Glitter, Ultravox et al.

    Love ‘em or loathe them, DG the music defined this era as much as it had done in the 60’s.

    • Hi Angie. Yes, you’re probably right. Definition through music may be the answer. Some of the clothes were horrific. I’ve just come across a picture from one of my birthday parties. All the kids look truly scary, including myself. In my case, my mother finished off the look by having my haircut like David Bowie. I’m really glad I’m a grown up now!
      Best wishes

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