|The Seventies: Looking Back, Looking Ahead|
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Underground in the Fifties
The Angry No
The Transcendent Yes
Alternative Life Styles
The Tug of Gravity:Co-option, Absorption, and Shlock Rock
Artiness, Absurdity, and Excess
The Seventies: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
"It may not be the Sixties, but nothing's the sixties anymore." - Paul McCartney, June 1976|
If partisans of the fifties found the sixties chaotic, barbaric, unsettling, a slum of a decade almost beyond endurance, sixties people have found the seventies virtually uninhabitable: law and order, structure, the death penalty, short hair, Nazis marching in Illinois, punk rock, Performance with a capital P: image without substance, illusion, formula. precious little imagination, except in the direction of orthodoxy. Less eccentricity and more uniformity. Less spontaneity, madness, vision, experimentation...
Some rebels (not many) continued to protest. Some turned cynical and dropped out. Sixties people have become private persons and have busied themselves with private affairs. Faced with adulthood and survival, they looked for jobs within the system that were not sellouts. Many a secretary chooses her job by the amount of time it gives her to write songs. Many an accountant chooses the relatively low-paying public accounting over corporate tax accounting. Jane Fonda has built a brilliant and profitable career within the movie industry, but she maintains a low-keyed life-style, funding projects that reflect her social and political values.
Logo of antiwar group Another Mother for Peace-"War
"It's been a long and lonely winter" -- the Beatles