The chaotic events of the 60's, including war and social change, seemed destined to continue in the 70's. Major trends included a growing disillusionment of government, advances in civil rights, increased influence of the women's movement, a heightened concern for the environment, and increased space exploration. Many of the "radical" ideas of the 60's gained wider acceptance in the new decade, and were mainstreamed into American life and culture. Amid war, social realignment and presidential impeachment proceedings, American culture flourished. Indeed, the events of the times were reflected in and became the inspiration for much of the music.
Being that this indeed was a time of a major war in America, the people handled the war in what they saw as a positive and appropriate way. Hippies were what they called themselves. Bright, colorful, and radiant clothing was worn among the peace indulged, war protestant, ever mellow civilians of the time. But what was a major role in the whole theme of the 70's, was the music. Many artists such as Aerosmith, the Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, the Carpenters, and one of my favorites Bob Marley, were also favorites of the people and inspirations to the decade. Rock and roll was played through out America.