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For the Record: The 70s

Aug 1, 2019

When Sha Na Na played on the final morning of Woodstock, it was a signal of a Fifties revival that would carry into the 1980s. While American Graffiti, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Grease presented a specific image of the Fifties, that image was tinged with nostalgia. Did that image of the Fifties ever...


Jul 3, 2019

Rock bands like Boston, Queen, Journey, and Foreigner sold millions of albums and still are part of classic rock's regular radio rotation. However, punk rock bands such as The Ramones rebelled against the corporate take over of FM radio in the mid-70s and what they perceived as the death of rock and roll by creating...


Jun 12, 2019

As the Vietnam War dragged into the 1970s, artists from Merle Haggard to Martha Reeves to Marvin Gaye were inspired to write or record songs about the war. This episode takes a close look at what was happening in Vietnam as the 70s began and how that was -- or was not -- reflected in the music that was made.


May 31, 2019

What is Gay Pride without music? As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we must remember that Pride exists (still) out of necessity. For much of our world's history, queer people have felt the need to either hide or assert their right to exist. Music is integral to Pride. Some of the iconic songs of...


May 19, 2019

Rock and roll was a man's world in the 1970s. Would that have been any different if Janis Joplin had not died just as the 70s were beginning? The world will never know but what is known is that women in the music industry faced challenges that men did not, simply because of their gender. This episode reviews...