The real 1970’s


A new site has appeared devoted to bashing 70’s nostalgia. I support this as I now hear the 70’s portrayed as carefree, but I sure don’t remember it that way. (Watergate, stagflation, changing morality, so on) People always want to think they face problems that are more challenging than those of their parents and grand parents. I think that’s nonsense.

From the site:

Hey, it’s an unfinished site with only one thing on it! That must mean it’s in “beta.” But since there’s a lot of content in that one link, then it’s maximum beta – or, to make it really super 70s, “Betamax!” Ha ha. Can I write for the Hudson Brothers’ Summertime replacement variety show now?

Don’t know who the Hudson Brothers were? We’ll get to that.

There’s a notion in the minds of some that the 70s were a carefree time, cool and kitschy and fun! and innocent, in a peculiar fashion. It was not. For one thing, there was peculiar fashion. For another – well, consider this site a brief against the nostalgia that inevitably attends any bygone time. Every era has its good points and regrettable trends, but for sheer idiocy, ugliness, meretricious music, televised banality and general malaise the 70s are unparalleled.

Trust me on this. I was there.

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One response to “The real 1970’s

  1. Another of James Lileks’ excellent cultural observations. I too recall the the majesty and malaise of the ’70s. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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