I am a child of the '70's. Well, okay, technically, I was a baby of the 50's (born March 12, 1958), so I was mostly a child of the 60's. But while I remember a lot of things that happened then (I'd gotten off the bus from kindergarten and come in the house to find my mother standing in the middle of the living room, vacuum cleaner in hand, staring at the TV. She shushed me because what the newsman was saying was more interesting than whatever it was that I wanted to tell her about my morning at school. That's where I was when I heard President Kennedy had been shot), my frame of reference was still too limited to understand most of it. The decade where I started to form a coherent sense of what the world was all about was the 1970's.
So every now and then I enjoy a good wallow in nostalgia for the days of my youth. I play the Carpenters, or England Dan and John Ford Coley, or the Bee Gees. I watch Nick at Night. I drag out my high school yearbooks and gaze in wonder at the picture of me in bellbottoms, polyester turtleneck, red-white-and-blue crocheted vest, floppy denim hat, and brown suede Earth Shoes. And of course, I look at websites like these (okay, strictly speaking, some of the links here aren't 100% seventies stuff. Well, it's MY Web page, MY memories, MY wallow. Okay?)
DeeT's 70's Page Great sound clips from '70's TV (including commercials) and music, great 70's links page.
Stuck in the '70's seventies TV, movies, music, toys, fads and fashions, cars, and much more!
Super70s.com "Where the 1970's never ended!"
The Super Seventies Rock Site features music and pop culture of the seventies--reviews, interviews, trivia quizzes, photos, sound clips, and more.
InThe70s.com has info on seventies music, movies, television, world events, fads and fashion, plus games, quizzes, and a message board.
The 70s Project music artists bios, song lyrics, TV show summaries and movie DVD reviews from the decade of the 70's
Lisa's Nostalgia Cafe '70's music, TV, movies, consumer products, home decor, fads, fashion, and more
Web Generation 1970's features fads and styles, music, personalities, TV, and movies
Gordon Bathgate's Seventies Slammer has a great, year-by-year seventies timeline, plus features on seventies television, music and arcade games
The Jones Zone remembers styles, TV, movies, sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and more fun from the seventies.
It Seems Like Only Yesterday... is the home page for alt.culture.us.1970s, "a newsgroup for people stuck in a retro timewarp!"
Those Suburban Seventies is a site promoting a book of the same name, about the author's memories of her seventies upbringing. It features some excerpts and links to other groovy sites
The Suburban Seventies: Photographs by Bill Owens was a 2000 exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art. "Capturing the essence of suburban culture--tract houses, block parties, mini-skirts, bell-bottoms, rolled-out 'instant' lawns, swimming pools, garage sales, and shag carpeting--Bill Owens' classic photographs are considered to be the definitive treatise on the suburban sprawl that occurred across America in the 1970s." Don't know about "the definitive treatise," but the photographs here, and the accompanying quotes, do look great.
Avocado Memories is another site featuring the author's own memories of growing up in Burbank, California in the sixties and seventies. It's his effort to document a time past for his kids, but he says "If it's entertaining enough for complete strangers to wander through, so much the better!" I think it is.
Short and sweet, Last day of school '76 is somebody's home movie that could have been mine.
Robin Remembers the 70's!! is a great-looking site with a lot of wonderful seventies memories
Flashback to the Seventies With Wenise Relive the seventies!
Feeling Retro "If you were born around 1960 (give or take a few years) you might actually like this site."
The Baby Boomer HeadQuarters "Being a baby boomer is more a state of mind than a year of birth. So if you know that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings, then we have a place for you here at BBHQ"
Boomer Baby! This site was created to collect and display memories of Baby Boomers--fashion, food, TV and radio, transportation, vacation amusements, and more.
It actually starts in the 1940s, and the dizzying pace gets even more frenetic as it blasts through the seventies--but I'm including Ye Li's We Didn't Start The Fire here anyway. This dazzling collection of images, set to the 1989 Billy Joel song, is every American Baby Boomer's childhood in fast-forward (but don't anybody tell this guy about Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me), or his head might explode).
Okay, it was inevitable...I wrote that last sentence a few years ago, and while Ye Li hasn't posted a version of Life is a Rock yet, marnielynn2001 has, as has abmcw , and earthmachine have.
Everclear's AM Radio is another great seventies nostalgia trip, especially when paired with this wonderful animation.
YouRememberThat.com is an online community focused on sharing and reminiscing about pop-culture video, audio, and images that stir our memories of the past. They have some great seventies-era material--music, comedy routines, TV shows, sports, and more.
Tweeners.org is a site for people born between 1960 and 1965--not really Baby Boomers and not really Gen Xers, according to these folks.
Generation Jones, on the other hand, sets the limits a little wider--they claim that anyone born between 1954 and 1965 is too young to be a Boomer and too old to be an Xer. They call these folks "Generation Jones."
EarlyXer.com is a nostalgic website dedicated to those born in the early part of Generation X
Keep on Truckin' Re-Visited brings us back to the best of hippie culture
P*Funk Review--Notes on Funk Culture Not just funk music of the seventies and eighties, but the cultural context that it existed in.
The Wacky World of KuKuAchoo features trivia, movies, music, TV, collectibles, and more
Yesterdayland promised "Your childhood is here." They once served up a comprehensive recap of TV, toys, movies, arcade games, fashion, music and more from days gone by. Sadly, the owners are no longer maintaining the site. But while some of the links are gone, large amounts of information have been archived and are still accessible here.
Backdate "is a glance back in time to the 1960s and 1970s in Britain" and features links to arts, culture, history, music, and more.
Skooldays is a British nostalgia site with memories of TV, toys, and more.
DoYouRemember.co.uk modestly welcomes you "to the ultimate online resource of nostalgia and memorabilia from the 70s, 80s and 90s."
The 70's Preservation Society features links to 70's movies, TV and especially music. Check out "This Week in Music History" and tune in for the RealAudio broadcast of the "70's Saturday Night" radio show.
And another great page brought to you by folks who also do a seventies radio show (also available here on RealAudio) is Cosmic Slop: The Forgotten Pop of the Seventies.
Suck.com's Super Sounds of the Seventies offers some interesting thoughts on the decade.
The World Renown Definitive 1970's List
Planet Smiley has an amazing collection of free smiley face graphics--animated .gif's, non-animated .gif's, horizontal lines and backgrounds--plus smiley quotes, e-cards, an award, and more
Izan has more free 70s .gif's and images for you to download--lava lamps, disco balls, platform shoes, and more.
Designed to a T has a few great seventies clip art designs.
Did you save any of your toys? Most people wish they did. My husband has never forgiven his mother for throwing out his GI Joe Mercury Space Capsule (current value: around $350), but he has only himself to blame for tossing out his baseball cards. I sold my half-a-dozen Barbies to a collector in the early 1980s, but if I'd kept them longer, I probably could have gotten more than $70. But who knew that yesterday's junk would become today's hot collectibles?
Tick Tock Toys features "a cavalcade of images and ideas"--food packaging, cereal box toys and other premiums, fast foods, cartoon characters, theme parks, and other memorable artifacts of the 70's and beyond.
Retro Toys Liddle Kiddles, Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle, Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, Creepy Crawlers, and much more!
The Secret Fun Spot has some amazing retro culture artifacts--kiddie Halloween costumes (I swear I wore that witch one year!), dime store toys, great tourist traps and roadside attractions, ancient video game art, and much more. But my favorite here is their feature on Marvin Glass, the unsung hero whose design studios created such classic toys as Operation, Lite-Brite, Mouse Trap (one of my personal favorites as a kid), Mystery Date, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Tip-it, and dozens more.
ToyLove, from PlaidStallions.com, features cool toys from the seventies.
This Old Toy is a site dedicated to Fisher Price toys, offering information for fans and collectors alike.
The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia features a positively exhaustive description of dozens of toys you probably haven't seen in years.
Bug Eyed Monster.com pays homage to some classic toys of the 60's, 70's and early 80's--many of them inspired by classic seventies TV shows and movies like Battlestar Galactica (the orginal one), Alien, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Do you remember Dawn? Introduced in 1970, she was billed as "The Most Beautiful Doll in the World." I guess I just missed her--at twelve, I was probably at the right age to be scrupulously avoiding anything that remotely resembled "kid stuff." But Dawn has stayed alive in the memories of those who loved her--including the people who are making big bucks on her these days as a hot collectible.
Blythe is another doll that enjoyed a short production run in 1972. She had a rather unique look, to say the least. The Village Voice observed that her "eerie gaze, sometimes melancholy as the Mona Lisa, sometimes blank as a zombie, is more than enough to wig out the faint-of-heart child." Gina Garan has created this fabulous site on Blythe, and she's published a book about her as well.
The Milton-Bradley game Which Witch? has a site of its very own (but can you picture the Religious Right letting this one stay on the market these days without a fight?)
I never had a metal lunch box. I wasn't deprived--I didn't want one. I never could pick just one TV show, cartoon character, or celebrity that I could commit to and honor above all others by carrying them to school every day (I'm not kidding--I took this stuff seriously!) I always had a red plaid plastic lunch pail, shaped like an oval cylinder, with a black plastic strap that I once broke swinging it over my head to bash Eric Ladd on the playground. You, however, may have less violent memories of your elementary school lunch box, in which case you'll probably enjoy the Lunchboxes.com (not to mention wishing you'd taken better care of yours!)
PopHouse sells reproductions of flower power stickers, smiley face rings, Sweathog paper dolls (featuring John "Vinnie Barbarino" Travolta), Bee Gees posters, and lots more.
Groovy Juice Another great site, where they sell 70's clothing, sewing patterns, toys, and other indescribably...well, groovy stuff.
Betty's Attic has all kinds of reproductions of cool seventies junk.
Time Warp Vintage Toys sells toys from the 1950s through the 1970s
AllPosters.com has a great selection of seventies pop culture posters
PosterLovers.com has some great posters from seventies TV shows.
The Obsolete Computer Museum is a place to stop by and reminisce about the old days of personal computing, stretching back into the 1970s
This Sharp Calculator commercial brings back the days when you could get a machine that could add, subtract, multiply AND divide--"all the calculator know-how you'll probably ever need!"--for only $345!!!
Come on, admit it. Whether you belong to the generation that lusted after Marilyn and Elvis, or the one that glorifies Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, everybody had their teenage celebrity crushes. I started with the Monkees, when I was eight. Their debut album was the first pop record I ever owned. My friend Christy Lawrence and I used to go in my room after Blue Birds meetings and crank it up on my Radio Shack record player and put on our go-go boots and do the Watusi on my bed.
But I really came into my own as a teenybopper just in time for the golden age, the Bobby Sherman/David Cassidy/Donny Osmond era. As always, I was a little out of step (a pattern I established early on by being a Mickey fan, and not a Davy devotee). I had Bobby's and David's and Donny's posters on my bedroom walls, but I saved my most fervent adoration and half-understood lust for Jack Wild. Who?? I hear you say. His best-known movie was "Oliver!" (he played the Artful Dodger), but you might remember him better for his immortal portrayal of Jimmy on H.R. Pufnstuf on Saturday morning TV. He was never as big as Bobby or Donny or David, but he was a regular in Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, which I read faithfully each and every month. He put out a couple of records, which I bought and swooned over. He was cute, wholesome, unthreatening, and British--just about everything a twelve-year-old girl could want (and now, alas, may he rest in peace).
Here are some more links to the objects of our young lust:
Feelin' Groovy! The World of Singing Teen Idols
Rhino Records They were retro before retro was cool
And if you don't see your faves here, check out the Secret Email Addresses and Fan Pages site. You might find them there!
Or, they may have suffered the indignity of ending up on OnceFamous.com.
There was more to seventies music than teenybopper idols, of course. I got my first radio for Christmas in 1969, so I literally began listening to pop music just as the decade dawned. There was only one pop (don't even think of calling it rock) radio station in Redding: KRDG, 1230 AM. Their playlist consisted mainly of bubblegum schlock, repeated relentlessly, and heavily interspersed with advertising and inane disc jockey yammerings--but it was all we knew. I listened faithfully, ran down to Woolworth's every Friday to get their mimeographed weekly Top 40 chart as soon as it came out, and won many pizzas and drive-in movie passes on the 1230 Club, their weekly trivia game (since I had no social life then, what else would I be doing with my Saturday nights?) I accumulated a big collection of 45's by people like Lobo, Barry Manilow, Bread, Ray Stevens, Edison Lighthouse, and Neil Diamond.
The first big-name concert I ever saw was the Carpenters, at the Redding Civic Auditorium, in 1974. But strictly speaking, I don't suppose you could call them rock; so the first rock concert I saw was Chicago , in Spokane, Washington (we were there for the Expo '74 World's Fair), later that summer.
By the mid-seventies, a few things had changed. For one thing, I had a social life. For another, my friends and I had the money now to buy albums (or at least, enough to promise Columbia House that we would buy some, as soon as they sent us those thirteen for a penny). Some of the ones we listened to were by Three Dog Night, Carly Simon, Elton John, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Queen. We still listened to KRDG faithfully (because there still wasn't an alternative). I still remember those New Year's parties at Eric Ladd's house, drinking Hawaiian Punch and eating Pringles potato chips and listening to them count down the Top 100 songs of the year.
I left Redding for Los Angeles in 1976 to go to college. One of the most memorable images I have of the first few weeks of school was being in my dorm room and, through the open window, hearing "Frampton Comes Alive" echoing around the courtyard, blaring from two or three different stereos at once. I'd never even heard of this guy. I soon discovered there were a whole lot more bands out there that KRDG didn't play--Alan Parsons Project, Genesis, Jethro Tull, David Bowie, and more. My musical horizons were broadened considerably.
And then came...DISCO (81K). In 1977 I started hanging out with a bunch of people who were regulars at a club in West Hollywood called the Odyssey. It didn't serve liquor, so the minimum age to get in was just eighteen (or considerably younger, if you were a pretty young boy), and they could stay open until 5:00 am (it also meant that the patrons usually arrived with enough mind-altering chemicals in their bloodstreams to last the night without alcohol). We stayed until closing, every Thursday night (Friday classes, consequently, were a total loss). The music there was loud, throbbing instrumental dance tracks that came on EP's and nobody knew or cared who the artists were. But when we weren't at the Odyssey we listened to the pop disco on the radio: the Bee Gees, the Village People, Donna Summer, Anita Ward (447K), Gloria Gaynor (435K), Sylvester , and all the rest. We didn't exactly have a choice--the stuff was everywhere.
In 1978-79, I went to England for my junior year of college. I was looking forward to discovering all those hip new European bands, and I found a few--Dire Straits, The Clash, Tom Robinson,--but I soon realized that most of what they played on the radio there would have been right at home on KRDG. I heard far more that year than I ever needed to hear of acts like Boney M, Suzi Quatro, Cliff Richard, and Abba. Musically, it seems like the seventies ended up a lot like where they started for me.
Here are a few more cool seventies music links to artists I love (or at least loved):
Olivia Newton John
The Jackson Five
The Doobie Brothers
Mungo Jerry (501K)
The Guess Who
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Cheech and Chong
Don McLean (548K) What the heck did the lyrics to American Pie mean, anyway? If you had a hip English teacher, analyzing them in your high school English class was a quintessential 70's experience. Here is one version, and another, and another. Here's a video answer. Here's a site with links to a whole bunch of interpretations. And here's one that quotes Don McLean, saying that...he's not saying what it's about.
Dead Kennedys Strange but true, I saw them live once. By choice. Really. Boy, did I ever stick out in that crowd!
The Weather Girls (80K)
Izan's Seventies Dance Music Page is truly a wonder, with audio clips, album covers, lyrics, links to fan pages, and more!
A History of Disco Music examines disco from many angles--its origins, influential producers and divas, the accompanying drug scene, disco's relationship with gay culture, legendary clubs (the New York ones, at least), the "disco sucks" backlash, and much more.
Disco Savvy is "a chronicle of disco music from 1972 to the present."
Barry Scott's The Lost 45s is a radio show, a CD series, and a book by the same name that feature songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's that don't get much airplay elsewhere anymore--Tony Orlando & Dawn, The Osmonds, The Ohio Express, and much more.
On his Classic Bubblegum Music Page, Andrew Bergey explains the phenomena thusly: "Young AM radio listeners like myself were turned off by protest folk and rock music and psychedelic music that was influenced by substances we'd never tried (nine-year-olds didn't sell and use drugs in those days). Our experiences revolved around TV and minor explorations with the opposite sex. Bubblegum music filled that limited area of interest by combining simple children's music borrowed from schoolyard games and nursery rhymes and silly, barely concealed lyrics about sex." I can't say I agree 100% with his opinions (what do you mean, Terry Jacks and Tony Orlando & Dawn weren't bubblegum??), but he has a great site here nonetheless.
Bad Songs of the Seventies Jeez, everybody's a critic! Some people just have no appreciation of fine schlock.
Remember the 70s features a DVD of hit music performed on Kenny Rogers and the First Edition's "Rollin' on the River" TV variety show.
70s Music - Rock Bands and Artists lets you step back in time and discover some of the best 70s rock bands and individual musical artists and musicians. "Sorry, no disco, just good rock!"
ProgressiveRock.com is a guide to progressive rock, documenting the music era of 1968-1979.
Alaska Jim's Music Charts have US and international pop music charts from a whole variety of sources.
The Airheads Radio Survey Archive is another wonderful collection of radio station top 40 surveys, airchecks, and other bits of the history of radio.
Top of the Pops: The Best Of the Top 40 Singles By Year
Lyrics Worldhas lyrics to a huge number of pop songs, past and present.
AllMusicGuide.com is an exhaustive collection of information on music and artists of a huge variety of styles and genres.
ClassicBands.com has biographies of your favorite classic rock bands, plus features on censorship and banned rock music, rock stars' real names, and other fascinating facts about classic rock and rockers.
My personal favorite 70's music collection is Rhino's Have a Nice Day series. They've dug up some fabulous one-hit wonders and obscure gems of the schlock-pop genre. The liner notes are amazing (who knew that, before he joined the Grateful Dead, Brent Mydland was a member of Silver and partially responsible for the truly forgettable "Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang"?) The abbreviated Have a Nice Decade set is good, too, but there's nothing like the full 25-volume collection (yes, I own them all) for a really complete immersion in 70's pop.
But as purveyors of true seventies schlock, nobody could beat K-Tel. Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hits! is an article on the company, in all its hype and glory, from the Austin Chronicle.
Robert Altman is a legendary photographer who has documented a generation of rock and roll and pop culture history. His work has been featured on albums, Rolling Stone covers, and fine art galleries. This website features some of his best work that's available for sale.
Daniel Patmore is a photographer whose portfolio includes some great 70s concert photos.
Classic Rock's Fascinating Facts has some great ones on seventies stars. Who knew that a record company executive really did ask the members of Pink Floyd "Which one's Pink?" or that Freddie Mercury of Queen once said that his main musical influences were Jimi Hendrix and Liza Minelli?
Precious and Few: Pop Music in the Early Seventies is a site showcasing a book that examines popular music (and related subjects like film, TV, trends, and politics) from 1971 to 1975.
A Touch of Classic Soul is a book about the great soul singers of the early 1970s.
The Rockfest Archive is a site celebrating a some of the great rock festivals of the early 1970s, including a couple that never really happened.
The Archive is a great repository of memories of blues, jazz, rock, folk, psychedelia, and world music festivals in the UK in the sixties, seventies and eighties.
Harv was a guy who was there to hear a lot of historic music in the seventies.
Of course, television was a big part of my seventies experience, and there are some great websites out there that celebrate the shows we knew and loved.
The Brady Bunch
C'mon, Get Happy!!! (The Unofficial Homepage of the Partridge Family)
Love American Style (107K)
The Banana Splits
All in the Family (77K)
Saturday Night Live (with the original cast...of course!)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
WKRP in Cincinnati
Alias Smith and Jones
Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (here, with Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5!)
The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
The Rockford Files (60K)
Starsky and Hutch (86K)
Welcome Back, Kotter (110K)
The Gong Show
Toon Tracker "The Home of Lost Cartoons"
Don Markstein's Toonopedia "A vast repository of toonological knowledge...welcome to the world's first hypertext encyclopedia of toons"
And the Big Cartoon DataBase provides an in-depth, detailed look at your favorite cartoons, including a searchable database of cartoon information, episode guides and crew lists.
I was born just a little too late for Sesame Street. I was eleven when it premiered in 1969, just at that critical point where most kids would rather be caught dead than watch a "baby show" like that. But if you're the right age to have been a fan, Sweet Sesame Memories will remind you of those good old days with Big Bird and friends.
Schoolhouse Rock was another show that was just a little after my time...but it sure has staying power with folks who watched it!
The Vanderbilt Television Evening News Abstracts is an amazing collection of summaries of the nightly network news shows broadcast every night since August 5, 1968!
CBS's retrospective on their 75 years of broadcasting includes these highlights of the 1970s
TV Party.com is your source for everything in vintage television--from a remembrance of the PBS kids' show Zoom, to a feature on the game shows of 1974, and much, much more. They have even more stuff on their pay site, TV Party Plus, but for the true addict, what's $5.00?
TV.com "A whole new TV reference guide for the shows you love"
TV Acres "The Web's Ultimate Subject Guide to Television Program Facts"
TV Ratings United Kingdom presents the top rated seventies TV shows in Britain, year by year!
Cult Television Theme Lyrics
Coca Cola's television advertising has earned a place in the archives of the Library of Congress. One memorable ad from the seventies, featuring a wholesome, multi-ethnic crowd of young people on a hilltop in Italy singing about buying the world a Coke, has a page all its own. It features film clips and some great outtakes, like the singers chasing each other around and spraying each other with bottles of Coke.
Remember that goofy Grape Nuts Cereal commercial, where the teenage boy gooses a woman in the pool thinking she's his girlfriend Dale, only to find out it's Dale's mother? Well, Dale's little brother Adam has immortalized it here. And now, thanks to YouTube, you can see the original ad !
There were a lot of memorable TV ads in the seventies...
Budweiser (412 K)
Hershey (396 K)
Lowenbrau (388 K)
Meow Mix (208 K)
Miller beer (400 K)
Mounds and Almond Joy (200 K)
Nutter Butter cookies (108 K)
Super Sugar Crisp
Old Spice (464 K)
Oreo cookies (456 K)
Oscar Meyer bologna (136 K)
Sergio Valente jeans (176 K)
Yahoo! Video has a great collection of video clips of seventies commercials.
There were some memorable movies made in the seventies, including...
Planet of the Apes, et al Well, okay, only four of the five Apes movies were made in the seventies. The first (and best) came out in 1968. But it was 1974 when the Starlight Drive-In showed all five movies, from dusk 'til dawn, and my friends and I borrowed my mother's '69 Ford LTD and sat there drinking RC Cola and eating bananas and watching them. All. Five. That was the first time I ever got to stay out all night.
Back in high school, my friends and I loved the drive-in. It might have been that the novelty of driving still hadn't worn off. Or maybe it was the illicit thrill of getting past the ticket booth with two or three people hidden in the trunk (we could all afford to pay, but that wasn't the point). Or maybe it was the movies they showed. There was a special kind of classic trash film that was just meant to be seen at the drive-in. Movies like Gumball Rally, The Van, Gone in 60 Seconds ("93 cars smashed in 97 minutes!"), Billy Jack, The Swinging Cheerleaders, and my all-time favorite drive-in movie, Death Race 2000...it just doesn't get much cheesier than this.
Young Frankenstein (90K)
The Way We Were Redford and Babs...sigh!
Love Story "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Jaws Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the Internet...
Once upon a time in the town of Point, everything--all the buildings, trees, and even the people were pointed...except for one little round-headed kid named Oblio. Harry Nilsson's The Point! tells the story of Oblio and his dog Arrow in this strange, trippy 1971 ABC Movie of the Week.
Animal House (60K)
Saturday Night Fever
Kentucky Fried Movie
The Exorcist we've never looked at guacamole quite the same...
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Star Wars (54K)
Greatest Films of the 1970s features academy award winners and top box office hits, plus an essay on film trends, top directors, and the state of the film industry during the decade.
TerrorTrap.com's Supernatural Seventies features their picks for the best horror films of the decade.
Something Weird Video, "America's Favorite Crackpot Video Company," features "bottom of the barrel celluloid wonders," including some classic seventies trash.
The Bad Movie Review Website includes some memorable seventies stinkers.
And some memorable books (and other printed materials)...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
The Sensuous Woman
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask Have so many ever been misled and filled full of so much misinformation by such a collection of biased bullshit? But back in the day, this was the most surreptitiously-passed around book in every junior high and high school in America.
Our Bodies, Ourselves
A Child's Garden of Grass
My Darling, My Hamburger
Favorite Teenage Angst Books is a site dedicated to the genre that brought us Paul Zindel, Judy Blume, M.E. Kerr, and the rest of your faves.
1970's bestseller lists
And who can forget MAD Magazine?
...or the National Lampoon?
...or High Times?
Time Magazine's covers tell a unique visual story of the decade
Tales of the City Before it was a miniseries, before it was a series of books, Tales was an absolutely addictive serial run daily in the San Francisco Chronicle (and later, in a major coup, the San Francisco Examiner).
Comic Book Covers and Ads of the 1970s features your favorite superheroes, plus the ads that helped bring them to you. The ads are my favorites. They're all here...joy buzzers, the Hypno-Coin ("The magic power of hypnosis can be yours!"), x-ray specs, and Sea Monkeys...enticements to sell garden seeds, greeting cards (oh yeah...my mom had to buy the whole damn case after I failed to sell a single box) and Grit (remember Grit??)...Evel Knievel and Battlestar Galactica action figures...posters of Shaun Cassidy (life-sized!) and Cheryl Tiegs and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders...all just as you remember them!
And here's somebody else who remembers being suckered by those ads on the backs of comic books promising "Prizes or Cash!" (plus fun, popularity, and of course, leadership skills) for selling greeting cards, seeds, or Grit.
But possibly the weirdest 70s comic book phenomena are the Hostess Heroes--Marvel and DC Comics superheroes like Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America who were enlisted to use their superpowers to hawk Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, and other snack foods. Sorry, Lois, but Metropolis can just go hang until Superman finishes his Hostess Fruit Pie!
And you must remember that classic piece of prefab 70s philosophy, the Desiderata. It was a hit record in 1971, and it adorned posters (the one I remember best was done in calligraphy and printed on faux parchment) on a few million teenagers' walls in the 1970s. The posters usually claimed that it was "Found in the Old St. Paul's Church, Baltimore, dated 1691," but it was actually written in the early 1920's by Max Ehrmann, a lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana (so much for claims of ancient New Age wisdom). Inevitably it inspired parodies, my favorite of which was the National Lampoon's brilliant Deteriorata.
...and some landmarks in art and design...
Seventies Design is a page packed with images of the decade's most striking cars, fashions, furniture, houses, interiors design, and more.
Design 70 displays furniture, lighting, household items and decorative arts of the decade.
American Architecture of the Twentieth Century--1970 to 1979 has information on some of the most significant buildings of the decade.
The Futuro House was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, but many of the twenty that were eventually produced were built in the seventies. It was wacky-looking, it was movable, and it was all plastic...how much more seventies can you get?
Interior Desecrators "Horrors From the Land of Shag"
Eurobad '74 1974 home interiors in all their brown and apple-green glory
Wallpaper From the 70s "First they only appeared in clubs and lounges...now they conquer our living rooms."
I never saw Christo's Running Fence in person, even though I was living in northern California when they built it there in 1976. But in 1979, when I was living in London, there was an exhibition about it at a museum there. I remember going to see it, and watching a movie about the whole process of creating it. Maybe because I was already tremendously homesick, this movie just floored me. It was the landscape of home, but even more, the people--just the way they talked and moved and worked--they were all just so American. I've had a special place in my heart for Christo's work ever since.
Another important piece of art from the seventies--and another I've always wished I'd seen--was Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. In Table for 39 , an article for Slate.com, Mia Fineman talks about her first time seeing the installation, in 1980--at age 14--and her second, 27 years later. She concludes, with some surprise, that Chicago's work stands the test of time.
I have to admit: I was never much of a fashion plate, even in my youth. Oh, sure, I had a pair of platform shoes (I think I wore them just once, of all places, to a Giants game at Candlestick Park, where I nearly killed myself climbing those steep concrete stairs), and a mood ring, and I remember a pair of disco-ready black satin palazzo pants that I never actually got to wear (I bought them at the very end of a diet, which was swiftly followed, as always, by the regaining phase). But either the really hip, out-there styles didn't come in my size, or (early in the decade) my mother wouldn't buy them for me, or I just didn't have the nerve to wear them. Still, I'll never forget some of the things I saw people wearing (and yeah, occasionally, even I wore)
CostumeGallery.com has a great set of links that feature women's fashions of the seventies and menswear of the seventies (and the rest of the twentieth century).
Hats Off to History's Clothing of the 1970's
Hippies in Polyester--Women's Fashions of the 1970s
F-F-F-F-Fashion features photos taken at the University of Surrey, England in the 1970s.
It Came From the 1971 Sears Catalog! features actual pages from the Fall 1971 Sears catalog. Sad but true--this is actually more like the stuff I wore in those days.
Strap in, shut up and hold on. We're going back shows us how popular fashion had progressed (or regressed, depending on your tastes) by 1977, through the pages of the Spring/Summer JC Penny catalog.
Fashion Mockery invites you to "Revel at the ugliest clothes, hair and expressions the decade had to offer." Their motto is "Mocking the 70's, one catalog page at a time."
Platform Diva A history of the platform shoe
High School Town is a fascinating site, featuring vintage photos collected from old high school yearbooks from across the United States. You can see clothes and hairstyles of various eras, as well as concerts, local businesses, celebrities, and more. You have to pay to see most of the images, but you won't find many like them anywhere!
Leisure Suits Forever!
The Mood Ring
RustyZipper.com has a great selection of 70s vintage clothes for sale
Fever Vintage has all kinds of groovy disco dresses, smoking jackets, vintage sweaters and more
Sydney's Vintage Clothing suits, purses, hats, shoes, and jewelry
DressThatMan.com specializes in funky, fabulous vintage menswear from the 60's and 70's.
I think I was born a feminist. I remember doing a report in eighth grade history about equal rights for women (I counted up the number of male and female doctors and lawyers in the local phone book, and indignantly reported the disparity), much to the displeasure of my ultra-conservative, George Wallace (252 K) -loving teacher, and the indifference of my apolitical classmates. In high school, my best friend Robin and I bought the 45 of Helen Reddy's I Am Woman and donated it to the campus radio station--and then went on a two-woman hellraising campaign when they refused to play it.
In college I finally found a few more like-minded folks. I became an intern in the university Women's Center, joined a couple of uppity women's groups on campus, took women's studies classes, went to Take Back the Night Rallies, and demonstrated for various women's issues. I read books like The Second Sex and Sisterhood is Powerful and A Plain Brown Rapper. It was an exciting time.
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Feminist Chronicles offers a very readable year-by year record of events, lifestyle, education, economics, religion, legal and political issues, and the anti-feminist backlash. There's some amazing information here!
Duke University's Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement is a collection of materials from the women's movement in the US that focus specifically on the radical origins of the movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings, to rally speeches and protest songs, to satirical plays, to the minutes of one grassroots group.
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification in 1972. In 1982 it died, having been ratified by just 35 of the necessary 38 states. We were stunned--it had seemed like such a sure thing, because it was so utterly, simply reasonable. Here, Jo Freeman gives her 1988 analysis of what happened.
One of the Women's Center's big events while I was in college was to host a lecture by Gloria Steinem on campus. As an intern in the office, I got to be the one to drive her back to her hotel afterwards and interview her for the campus radio station. She was gracious, honest and delightfully real. And, as in this 1970 article Women's Liberation Aims to Free Men, Too, she made a lot of sense.
No doubt about it--the seventies were a landmark period for the "gay community" (we were still struggling then to get them to call it the "gay and lesbian community," and "gay lesbian and bisexual" was still a ways off, never mind "gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered"...which is why a lot of people just go with "queer" these days)
I only started visiting there in the very late seventies, and I didn't live there until the early eighties, but Uncle Donald's Castro Street Gallery brings back some wonderful memories of the days when we all thought the sexual revolution was over, and we'd won.
Lesbian Feminism I actually have more mixed feelings about the lesbian community of the 1970s. It was lots of fun to be a fag hag then in the gay community, but being a just-out bisexual in the "womyn's community" was a whole lot harder. This thoughtful (but unfortunately ad-ridden) essay discusses the dominant political and social attitudes that made the 1970s such a freeing, oppressive, terrible, wonderful time for people like me.
The Briggs Initiative was a 1978 ballot proposition that was meant to ban gays and lesbians--or any teacher found to be "advocating, imposing, encouraging or promoting" homosexual activity--from teaching in California public schools. Known officially as Proposition 6, it was the first statewide initiative on gay rights to make it to the ballot in the US. It didn't turn out like the its backers planned--not only did it fail at the polls, but it was credited (along with Anita Bryant's similar campaign in Florida) with politicizing and mobilizing the gay community like nothing else ever had.
Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives The description of this film once read "Ask a gay man or lesbian over 35 what film most affected their lives as gay people, and likely as not they'll answer Word Is Out." If you change that to "over 45," it might still hold true.
Like most queer people in the 1970's, I admired Harvey Milk. He made us proud, he gave us hope. Being young and arrogant, I took his accomplishments for granted--after all, our time had come, hadn't it? A gay man had every right to get himself elected to public office, and work to make the world a better place...didn't he? Dan White didn't think so. He murdered Harvey Milk, along with Mayor George Moscone, in 1978. I was in London at the time on a junior year abroad program. It was just a few days after the Jonestown massacre had made headlines. I remember wondering, what the hell are they doing to my city?? I can't remember many times when I felt so cold and bereft and so very far from home.
Here, in no particular order, are some other things I remember fondly from the seventies (or thereabouts)...
Nixon goes to China
OozingGoo.com: The Lava Lamp Syndicate
8-Track Heaven--Your Guide to the World of 8-Track Tape
Streakerama features streaking news, streaking history, streaking links, and everything else streaking.
The Man on Page 602 Never had the Sears Catalog been such popular reading material...
Jimmy Carter is looking like a better president all the time...
In the late seventies, an exhibit of artifacts from the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun toured museums in the US. I saw it at the L.A. County Museum. I stood in line for hours to get the tickets, and hours more to shuffle through the crowded gallery. Nevertheless, King Tut and everything Egyptian was all the rage. Steve Martin's Funky Tut skit on Saturday Night Live forever immortalized the over-the-top silliness of Tutmania.
Pong The one that started it all... (and look here for a much more detailed history of Pong that only a true geek could love)
ClassicGaming.com says their mission is "to become the largest source of information on classic games, giving recognition to the systems and games that shaped the industry into what it is today...and to reunite gamers with their favorite games of old, allowing them to once again enjoy classic games via emulation."
Remember Sillisculpts? Oh, yes you do. Bet you even bought one for your mother (I did).
The Bad Fads Museum features memorable moments from the seventies like Afro hairdos, est, streaking, Rubik's Cube, minibikes, and more silliness.
CrazyFads.com documents more great fads of the seventies--Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific Shampoo, string art, puka shells, and more of your favorites.
Yesterland: A Theme Park on the Web, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions. Yes, Monsanto's Adventures Thru Inner Space, the G.E. Carousel of Progress, and Casa de Fritos--not to mention E-Tickets themselves--are gone, but not forgotten!
The Ford Pinto might have been a rolling deathtrap, but to my friends and I it had a feature that made it our favorite car: while most cars had a generic-looking gas cap concealed behind a little door in the side of the car, the Pinto's was a one-piece contraption painted to match the rest of the car body. They were interchangeable...and they didn't lock. Soon, just about every Pinto in Redding that wasn't locked up at night had a gas cap that was a different color than the rest of the car, thanks to us.
We weren't the only Pinto fans--1976 Bicentennial Cars is a video clip from someone who was very fond of theirs (and its cousin, the Mercury Bobcat).
A man and his muscle car...it's a beautiful thing.
Energy Urgency describes energy policy and progress in "the nuclear-bashing, tree-hugging, energy-starved '70s" as only a site sponsored by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory could.
From the Food History Timeline we learn that the year 1970 brought us Hamburger Helper, and Reese's Pieces first made their appearance in 1978.
Space Food Sticks were "a non-frozen balanced energy snack in rod form containing nutritionally balanced amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein." Imagine a food whose major selling point is that it's totally processed and artificial and bears little or no resemblance to any natural substance, and you'll know what they were about.
Relive the days when kids' cereals were actually allowed to have the word "sugar" in their names, and cute ethnic stereotypes could adorn the boxes...visit Painstick's Cereal Box Gallery!
For a look at some far less appetizing seventies foods, take a look at these Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974. Yeesh...no wonder people were expected to lose weight on this stuff!
Hometown Favorites This online grocery store of the past offers candy, condiments and other food items, including some hard-to-find nostalgic ones and some regionally-distributed brands.
Candy You Ate as a Kid, CandyDirect.com, CandyFavorites.com, and The Candy Baron are retro candy stores featuring your favorite sugary junk foods, some of which I haven't seen since I bought them by the sackful at Woolworth's before the going across the street to the Saturday kiddie matinee at the Cascade Theater.
...and a few things I remember less fondly...
the Kent State shootings
Apollo 13 (35K)
the Munich Olympic massacre
Kissinger promises "Peace is at hand," (84 K) but it isn't
Nixon's "I'm not a crook!" speech
Gerald Ford says our Constitution works (256 K) , but he pardons Nixon (100 K) anyway
the OPEC oil embargo and fuel shortage
the "incident" at Three Mile Island
the Iranian hostage crisis
The Funky Chicken "Now it is possible for you to learn this dance in the privacy of your own home..."
Here are a few more repositories of 70's history:
InfoPlease.com has a good timeline of 70's world history.
About.com's Timeline of the Twentieth Century: 1970-1979 features headlines and landmarks of the decade.
Illusion and Delusion: The Watergate Decade features photos mostly related to the Watergate scandal, plus a timeline of the sordid story as it unfolded, and other things that were happening around that time in the US
Time Magazine's 80 Days that Changed the World begins the seventies with the introduction of microchip and ends it with the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan.
dMarie Time Capsule lets you look up what happened on any day in history--news headlines, birthdays, top songs, TV shows, top toys, and bestselling books.
The Seventies Almanac has a year-by-year list of hit music, top television shows, news and sports highlights
Tulsa Counterculture of the 70's I will refrain from comments...after all, Redding had a counterculture, so why not Tulsa?
Archer Audio Archives has a timeline of 1970's history that includes some great audio clips.
The History Channel's Speeches and Video collection age is a treasure trove of sound and video clips, including some incredible ones from the seventies
The Authentic History Center has some great seventies audio clips and images from the news and popular culture.
The Free Information Society has another amazing collection of audio clips, including some great ones from the seventies--Spiro Agnew, Jimmy Carter, and lots more.
The American Rhetoric site features the top 100 speeches of the twentieth century. The ones from the seventies feature Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Richard Nixon, and more.
Michigan State University Library's Vincent Voice Library has a collection of U.S. presidential voices, including:
President Richard Nixon from his 1971 State of the Union address
President Gerald Ford from his 1976 State of the Union address
President Jimmy Carter from his 1979 State of the Union address
This Tribute to the 70's video montage from YouTube highlights some very good and some very, very bad moments from the decade.
I graduated from high school in the Class of '76, so naturally I have a soft spot in my heart for the American Bicentennial. For a long time I lamented here on my 70's page that nobody had devoted a website to this memorable era in the history of American hype. But finally, some Bicentennial sites have begun to appear.
Lisa's Nostalgia Cafe--American Bicentennial
The Freedom Train, a traveling exhibition of artifacts from the first 200 year of the nation's history (stuff like George Washington's copy of the Constitution, the original Louisiana Purchase, Judy Garland's dress from The Wizard of Oz, Joe Frazier's boxing trunks, Martin Luther King Jr.'s pulpit and robes, and a moon rock), rode the rails in 1975 and 1976. Here's a look at the train itself, aka the Southern Pacific 4449, and another site with many more pictures of it.
Many local transit systems decorated their busses and trains with a Bicentennial theme, like these in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and New York.
South Bend, Indiana was one of the cities that painted its fire hydrants with a Bicentennial motif.
Public libraries had displays of local history and bicentennial paraphernalia.
Stamps and coins were issued commemorating the occasion.
Collectibles, from patriotic belt buckles to t-shirts to Bicentennial 7UP Cans, were hot sellers. The collection at the Liberty Bell Museum in Philadelphia includes bicentennial commemorative doorknockers, ice buckets, and golf putters.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans got into the act, and so did Liberace, and even Smokey Bear
Greyhound jumped on the bandwagon with this bicentennial-themed ad.
And, at long last...the ones I've been waiting for...there are actually a few pages now on Bicentennial Minutes!!!
Wikipedia's entry on Bicentennial Minutes
Lucille Ball and Jessica Tandy made contribution to the series, and President Gerald Ford did the final one .
And then there's this...the YouTube description says it's a "Film For The Big 200 Celebration (On Acid)" and I can't disagree. The last few frames say it's "A production of the United States Information Agency," and I find that part a little harder to believe.
It's official--seventies nostalgia is a trend!
The Seattle Times tells us to "Do the time warp: The '70s are back"
That '70s Show was a hit comedy on FOX
VH1 did a series called I Love the 70s
Since I've had this page up I've had a lot of people write to me because they were planning a 70's theme party and wanted suggestions. I had a few ideas, and I got a lot more from other folks. At first I just collected ideas for party foods, but as people asked for them and shared them, I've also compiled some ideas for decorations, party favors, entertainment, and more. So, if you're planning a party, here are our Seventies Theme Party Ideas.
Fed up with all this seventies nostalgia? Had enough of the "Me Generation" and its self-indulgent, narcissistic navel-gazing? Okay, suit yourself...ready or not, it is: The 80's Server!