The Year is 1970
I really hope the 2020s bring us interesting music.
I think they will, we’ve been in hell.
To be an artist is hell. There will be good music.
But let’s talk about the true, unsung, decade of music. The 1970s.
Of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the 1970s were the underdog.
Like a weird middle sister, she really didn’t get all the kudos she deserved.
No Summer of Love, no New Wave, no mixtapes or Nintendo.
But I always champion an underdog, especially one with a hint of patchouli on a silk, half-buttoned, woman’s blouse.
The 1970s marked the end of the Vietnam war. Hip Hop was born. A time when the architecture of homes went to wood exteriors and circle windows. Plants, macramé and disco.
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Most importantly: in 1972 The Supreme Court (Eisenstadt vs Baird) legalized the birth control pill for unmarried women. Six years later, 1978 (Carey vs Population), The Supreme Court stated there could not constitutionally be restrictions on sales of any contraceptives to people of any age. The 70s were incredible, women could finally, 99% worry-free, fuck as they pleased.
I listen to music from the 1970s more than music from any other decade. It’s full, it’s sonic. Today I’m sharing a playlist of songs that were released in 1970 itself.
It is my favorite playlist. It reminds me there was a simpler, less capitalized time for art, and the musical art flourished.
I hope this decade can bring us some of the same. :/