he Seventies seem destined to be eternally defined as the decade of Disco and polyester leisure suits. This does a real disservice to both the decade and the genre. The truth is, Disco came late to the party and was just a cog in the wheel of musical styles that made up the entirety of the decade. The first wave of the British Invasion had ebbed. The singer/songwriter was taking the stage. FM radio was playing longer album cuts. Crossover artists were finding an audience on the airwaves. Music was becoming more portable with 8-tracks and cassettes. At home America was winding down its socially divisive involvement in the Vietnam War. President Nixon resigned in disgrace in the wake of the Watergate (the original “gate” scandal) break in. On the world stage the anger toward governments, big business and anything that represented the “establishment” was literally under attack as the term “Terrorists” entered the vocabulary with groups like the IRA, Black September, SLA, PLO, Weather Underground engaged in high profile kidnappings, hijackings and bombings. The environmental movement that took its baby-steps in the 60s found its voice with the establishment of the first Earth Day in 1970 as the result of wide spread industrial pollution.
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