1970’s Pop Culture
By the 1970’s the genre Rock n Roll really didn’t have one specific sound. The seventies saw the breakup of The Beatles and the death of Elvis, two of rock’s hugest influences. Pop music separated into many styles: soft rock, hard rock, country rock, folk rock, punk rock, shock rock, reggae, and the dance music disco. But whatever you preferred, rock was big time. Some popular artists of the seventies were Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, Bad Company, Bee Gees, Boston, David Bowie, The Carpenters, Cheap Trick, Cher, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Heart, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Lynard Skynard, Kiss, The Who, and of course the king, Bob Marley. That’s only maybe a third of the truly popular artists of the seventies. The top songs from the 70s are: Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin, Imagine – John Lennon, Hotel California – The Eagles, What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye, Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen. In all the 70’s were dominated by rock n roll.
The seventies were a decade that movies made a comeback during. After years of box office decline caused by TV, a combination of blockbuster and new technologies like Panavision and Dolby sound brought people back to the movies. The sci-fi adventure and special affects of George Lucas’s Star Wars made it one of the highest grossing films along with The Godfather. There were quite a few movies about disasters also, like Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure, and Airport. Sylvester Stalone’s Rocky represented the American Dream. There were also the terrifying Jaws, and the chilling Exorcist, both by Steven Spielberg. /the public wanted more innocent times as evidenced by the popularity of the movies American Graffiti and Greece. Both of these movies showed a view of the fifties.
TV came around in the seventies as topics once considered off limits were finally talked about for the first time. One of the...