By Will Kaufman
The Nineteen Seventies used to be probably the most culturally shiny sessions in American background. This publication discusses the dominant cultural types of the Seventies - fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; renowned song and magnificence; public house and spectacle - and the decade's such a lot influential practitioners and texts: from Toni Morrison to All within the family members, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi motive force and from disco divas to Vietnam protesters. in keeping with those that think of the seventies the time of disco, polyester and narcissism, this booklet rewrites the serious engagement with considered one of America's such a lot misunderstood a long time
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What David Wyatt says about Vietnam – that it is both America’s ‘wound’ and a ‘great and terrible resource’33 – can also be applied to Watergate which, while it is a shameful story of corrupt power politics, is also the inspiration for some of the decade’s most important examples of political and cultural critique as well as investigative journalism. 34 The Watergate story may well be an example of the political narcissism of Richard Nixon, so evidently obsessed with the ‘enemies’ out to get him, regardless of the health of the body politic; but the wealth of cultural critiques spawned by Watergate indicates a determination to expose and condemn such narcissism.
The Knack, ‘My Sharona’ Rickie Lee Jones, Rickie Lee Jones Joni Mitchell, Mingus Donna Summer, Bad Girls The Village People, Go West Stevie Wonder, Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants Roy Lichtenstein, Pow Wow Introduction The Intellectual Context A number of problems immediately occur when one attempts to conceptualise ‘the seventies’. The first is the apparent arbitrariness of ‘the decade’ as a meaningful periodising marker. A major historian of the 1970s, Bruce J. ’1 Others would appear to agree.
22 Moving beyond the realms of parody, caricature or nostalgia, however, it is more useful to approach the 1970s – as Shelton Waldrep does – as ‘a period [that] exists in several parallel dimensions. 23 Approaching the decade thus will not only offer new and valuable readings of cultural texts and practices, but it will also offer ways in which to challenge the critical and intellectual negativity of Bell and like-minded thinkers who reduce the culture of the 1970s to a collective expression of narcissism, hedonism and solipsism.
American culture in the 1970s by Will Kaufman