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By Will Kaufman

The Nineteen Seventies was once some of the most culturally shiny sessions in American background. This ebook discusses the dominant cultural kinds of the Nineteen Seventies - fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; renowned tune and magnificence; public area and spectacle - and the decade's so much influential practitioners and texts: from Toni Morrison to All within the kin, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi motive force and from disco divas to Vietnam protesters. in line with those that examine the seventies the time of disco, polyester and narcissism, this e-book rewrites the severe engagement with considered one of America's so much misunderstood many years

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What is it in particular that makes it a ‘70s show’, given that its teenage characters undergo crises and rites of passage that would be experienced by teens in other decades as well – sexual The Intellectual Context 5 exploration, ‘hanging out’, family relationships, balancing school and after-school demands? Granted, the characters do play with such periodised topics as political scepticism and disenchantment with the Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter administrations, the oil crises and petrol rationing, the impact of second-wave feminism and drug use.

The militant activism of the Panthers at the end of the 1960s, exacerbated by shoot-outs among themselves and against the FBI and the police, resulted in a series of high-profile murder trials which, in turn, attracted a curious rash of celebrity attention. Tom Wolfe, Gail Sheehy and other journalists took note of the Panthers’ celebrity and the ‘Radical Chic’ that fed it. The phrase comes from Wolfe’s 1970 essay for New York Magazine describing a fund-raising event for the Panthers hosted by the composer and orchestra conductor, Leonard Bernstein: The Field Marshal of the Black Panther Party has been sitting in a chair between the piano and the wall.

More sinister still, to a tragic degree, was the blindness of over nine hundred acolytes of the self-styled ‘Reverend’ Jim Jones, a delusional demagogue who, in 1978, led his followers through a ritual of mass suicide in the jungles of Guyana. At the other, more prosaic, extreme, technological developments conspired to turn people away from each other and into solitary consumers of culture. David A. Cook has explored the impact of the Sony Betamax and, latterly, the VHS-format video cassette recorder (VCR), a development he describes as an ‘historic shift’: At the beginning of the 1970s, the movies were primarily a collective experience – something seen regularly on large screens in specially designed theatres with masses of other people.

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