The Seventies

The Seventies – Ep 4 Sneak Peek

In many ways the decade of the 1970s was just as dramatic as the 1960s.  America lost its first war, endured two energy crises, and a President resigned following an unprecedented political scandal.  Television tackled once taboo subjects.  Popular music enjoyed a multi-genre explosion, and there was a sexual revolution.  Serial murder and other violent crime kept the nation on edge, and bombing, hijacking and the taking of hostages introduced the world to the modern face of terrorism.

The Seventies examines the individuals and events that influenced and shaped a decade that had as profound an impact on America as its famous predecessor.

Episode 4

What’s Goin’ On

American popular music explodes into new formats while established artists find new creative voice.

Rarely has there been a decade of such musical diversity as the 1970s. Many of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time – the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who – were in peak form; new artists – The Eagles, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen – were emerging and altering the musical landscape. 60’s chart toppers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder found a new and deeper voice in the 70’s. And of course the 1970s was also the decade of disco and punk. At opposite ends of the musical spectrum, both disco and punk ignited broad cultural changes that came to be equally emblematic of the decade. By examining these and other artists and genres we’ll form a provocative understanding of what America was all about in the 1970s.