What was the culture/society like in the 1970's?

Oct 2017
21
Texas
#1
What was the culture and society like in the 1970's? I know that there was disco, video games, rock 'n roll, a declining economy and such, but what else was there?

With all curiousity and thanks,

-LegoMaster2149 (Written on October 10, 2017)
 

stevev

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Apr 2017
2,569
Las Vegas, NV USA
#2
Inflation with recession. The Great Malaise, New York City goes broke, terrorist attack in 1972 Olympics in Munich, the 444 days of captivity (Iran), Watergate, Nixon resigns, Vietnam defeat, Swine Flu, Love Canal, etc. Not a good decade. But then there was Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and that's all that really mattered.

EDIT: Rappers Delight gave Hip-Hop its name. It came out in 1979 so you could you say Hip Hop is also a product of the 70's. However "rapping" is very old. And we can't forget Disco.

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Rodger

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Jun 2014
5,247
US
#3
Not all was bad. I was 7 when the decade started and 17 when it ended. I recall great music. Where I lived there were still many different pronounced ethnic groups, but we shared our differences with acceptance and enjoyment. Most still went to church, but this was the generation that started to move away from such things. Acceptance was everywhere, some with good consequences, some with not so good. Caught underage drinking by the police? They took your beer and sent you home. Fights in school? Sometimes you didn't even get detention. There was an overall continuation of what started in the late 60s with general personal freedom. Some called it the "me" generation. The saying among the therapists was "I'm ok, your ok."
 
Oct 2011
4,468
Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
#4
Good jobs with lighter tasks than today. Much drinking and dancing. Music was overwhelming and the clothes fun. There seemed so much opportunity to break out and freedom was in the air yet governments in the UK struggled and people emigrated to Australia. Tolerance was highly regarded...perhaps too much as I remember one lady friend saying "I don't so much mind my car being stolen it's just the inconvenience of it all". Police blamed mainly blacks for West End crime and when white listeners phoned Adrian Love on LBC (I think) to complain he virtually accused them all of being racist. White men would wave down a car with an Asian driver near Upton Park and attempt to beat him up; also saw the same on London tubes while onlookers simply watched. Only in the old Eastend of Hackney and Tower Hamlets did I witness something like racial harmony. Also their pubs had strippers of all races - the black girls were always the most popular and fun - but I hated jellied eels. I was invited by friends to join the London Scottish Regiment as a Territorial, but that would never do as a Welshman. A time of great hope and transition.
 

Jake10

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Oct 2010
11,960
Canada
#5
In Canada, there were a lot more job opportunities in the 70s. I was too little to work, but some older bikers would talk about the way they would get jobs in the winter and quit when summer came. Then, they would ride their Harleys across the country all summer long, and then get another job within 3 days of looking after returning.

I remember walking through the streets of Toronto and seeing all the different manufacturers. You'd see a place that made bikes, followed by a place that made clothes, then a place that made shoes, etc. What a contrast today, when you go into department stores and have a hard time finding just a few items that are made in North America. It seems like all labels just say made in China, made in India, Made in Mexico, etc.

Also, people would stay at a job for a long time, some for life. How many of us do that today?
 
May 2009
1,228
#6
I was very young and only remember the late 70's, but I remember all the big events. Skylab scared me because I thought it might land on my house, I remember seeing the Shah of Iran and the Ayatollah all over the place but having no clue who they were, I remember seeing commercials for Star Wars on TV, seeing Chewbacca and thinking "Hell yeah! A monster movie in space!" (not my exact words, but that was the sentiment). There was also a commercial for Dawn of the Dead that scared the crap out of me late one night after I fell asleep in front of the TV. Lots of disco everywhere. No plastic bottles for soda, it was all still glass. New York was still pretty dirty. Everyone smoked and there was cigarette butts, broken glass, beer-can tabs, everywhere. Halloweens were crazy. Teenagers would attack each other with eggs and shaving cream. Little kids got to trick-or-treat on their own. No parents. Fourth of July was also crazy. The whole city sounded like a warzone all day and people would just start huge bonfires in the street. At Christmas there was a phone number where you could call Santa (it was just a recorded message. God knows what they charged). I played my first video game in 1979. It was called Starfire. I thought it was a Star Wars game because the enemy ships were basically Tie fighters. Video games were still a novelty up until Pac Man came along and the industry exploded in the early 80s. After that you could find arcade games in every store. You didnt need to go to an arcade, they were everywhere.
 
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M9Powell

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Oct 2014
4,271
appalacian Mtns
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Cheap Muscle cars & Sunoco 260 @ the beginning of the decade. A Ford pinto running on cat pi$$ @ the end. Incidentally we are entering another muscle car era now, but they ain't cheap, a good one will cost 40-50 thousand $$.
 
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Jun 2016
1,587
England, 200 yards from Wales
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In Canada, there were a lot more job opportunities in the 70s. I was too little to work, but some older bikers would talk about the way they would get jobs in the winter and quit when summer came. Then, they would ride their Harleys across the country all summer long, and then get another job within 3 days of looking after returning.

I remember walking through the streets of Toronto and seeing all the different manufacturers. You'd see a place that made bikes, followed by a place that made clothes, then a place that made shoes, etc. What a contrast today, when you go into department stores and have a hard time finding just a few items that are made in North America. It seems like all labels just say made in China, made in India, Made in Mexico, etc.

Also, people would stay at a job for a long time, some for life. How many of us do that today?
I agree with all that.
I left university in the UK in 1973, and knew no-one who had a problem finding a job. Maybe not one's first choice job, but something reasonable.
(I also left without debt, a grant and holiday work pretty much paid my way. Of course only about 10% went to university then, rather than more like 40% today so the funding could be different).
 
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Oct 2017
26
South Australia
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As a side note, I remember my Year 10 History teacher humorously referred to this period as "sex, drugs and rock'n'roll".

Just thought I'd share that, I found it funny ;)