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

specul8

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Oct 2016
3,046
Australia
#61
When the 70s started I was 15 and 25 when they ended ... what fantastic fun ! Everything was sooooo cheap ! You could get a good 2nd hand Trumpy !



Swooooon . Petrol was cheap. Camping was cheap, or just sleep on the beach. Rent was cheap, we used to get old holiday houses at the beach and rent them ; 3 or 5 people paying $180 a week between them , right near the beach front. Going out, bands, concerts, alcohol and smoko was cheap too. :cool:

Jobs galore ! I would bum out at the beach, then take a trip on motorcycle, camping or caravaning. When the money ran out I would get a room in one of those houses and grab the local paper, jobs offered section and circle about 6 jobs, ring them up and choose the best sounding 3, go for 3 interviews and pick the best one ... a near total reversal of today. I would work a bit and then go on holidays.

Or, stay on the dole (unemployment benefit) as long as you want, with little hassle about (once I filled in the form, exactly the same, exactly the same 'job applications' , time and time again, for 3 years ... no hassles, just a check in the mail each fortnight .

Conditions ; one job (In a public hospital, when I started I was entitled to 10 days a year sick leave and 6 weeks paid annual leave ! Another job I had I only worked 7 months out of the 13 they paid me for, and when I left they said 'Thanks, you were great! if ever you want a job again come and see us. " :confused:

Australia was 'behind' so our 70s were like the 60s in US and UK . Things were ..... 'liberal' , cheap, clean, unpolluted .... fun .

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... ahhh ... what fun !


Now ? I feel sorry for the kids. No jobs,low pay, v.xpensive motorcycles, high cost fuel, rental shortages, rent prices through the roof, people are less free and more uptight, a cheap caravan is about the same as an apartment ... last time I slept on the beach in a remote area I was awoken by a car, that I thought were fishermen at 2 am , no it was the police telling me I couldnt stay there and had to move on ! at 2am ! :zany:

Ahhhh ... glad I was born when I was - a bit earlier and I could have ended up conscripted for Vietnam War, a bit later and I would have to live through all this worse **** that is about to come .
 
Jun 2013
451
Connecticut
#62
Like mentioned in this thread, there was good music but it was interspaced with a lot of trash, i.e. "bubble gum" music for example.

The dress codes for work began to lighten up. A little more casual. This is when the mantra "Wear a suit when you go on an interview" started. It got a little too casual - jeans and flip-flops. Overall the dress style and theme - business, formal and casual - were inspired by a "Bozo-the-clown" look. Wide lapel suit jackets with bizarre patterns and ties that could double for napkins in a pinch. That's just one example.
 

Rodger

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Jun 2014
5,655
US
#63
Like mentioned in this thread, there was good music but it was interspaced with a lot of trash, i.e. "bubble gum" music for example.
In the US there was rock, much of it from the U.K. I was about 14 years old when disco became popular in the U.S. In my world, you did not listen to disco. It was rock only, lest your friends beat you up, literally. The girls liked disco. My brother was smart enough to realize this. He bought the album Saturday Night Fever and did not hide the fact. He got the girls of course. I sat at home and listened to Led Zeppelin.
 
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Jan 2014
1,686
Portugal
#64
70's were the years of change in Portugal.
From 70 to 73 crisis, the war was now going to take a perpetual aspect, the economy was being drained by war and then affected by the world crisis.
Marcelo Caetano, that suceded Salazar in 68 with promises of liberalization, ceded to the hardline.
Then came 1974, the revolution, the turmoil after the revolution, and finaly stabilization.

With the opening, society got much more in touch with the current European trends...

There was hope in a socialist future, there was a influx of drugs, there was new music, there was poor people (hundreds of thousands) coming from Africa with nowhere to be...
It was hard, but as always, there were some good things that leave nostalgia in the air..
 

Jax

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Aug 2013
6,208
Seattle
#67
Like mentioned in this thread, there was good music but it was interspaced with a lot of trash, i.e. "bubble gum" music for example.
While most "bubble gum" music was a sellout there are some songs that I like to this day.

Can the Beatles be considered "bubble gum" before they transformed into what they became?

What about Paul Revere and the Raiders?

Crazy Elephant?
 
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Chlodio

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Aug 2016
3,668
Dispargum
#68
In the US there was the failed Equal Rights Amendment. Women were only starting to break with their traditional roles. Many women stayed home and raised children as their husbands provided the sole income for the family. Divorce rates were rising. Abortion rates also rose after Roe v Wade. In 1976, both the Republicans and the Democrats believed in a woman's right to chose an abortion. There was no such thing as an evangelical voter. Within a few years everyone knew who Jerry Falwall and the Moral Majority were.


School busing was an attempt to make every school in America racially integrated. Courts ordered students from all white neighborhoods to attend all black schools and vice-versa. Middle class whites, in turn, started moving out of racially diverse cities and into all white suburbs in what was called "White Flight." Suburbs had been around for a while but they had been much smaller while cities were more populous than they are today.


Between inflation, the dismal economy, and voters giving themselves tax cuts, like California's Proposition 13, states and cities struggled to provided basic services. I went back to my old neighborhood a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how clean and well-maintained everything was. When I was a kid in the '70s everything had been run down, dirty, and broken. Having known nothing else, to me that had been normal at the time.
 

Jax

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
6,208
Seattle
#69
In the US there was the failed Equal Rights Amendment. Women were only starting to break with their traditional roles. Many women stayed home and raised children as their husbands provided the sole income for the family. Divorce rates were rising. Abortion rates also rose after Roe v Wade. In 1976, both the Republicans and the Democrats believed in a woman's right to chose an abortion. There was no such thing as an evangelical voter. Within a few years everyone knew who Jerry Falwall and the Moral Majority were.


School busing was an attempt to make every school in America racially integrated. Courts ordered students from all white neighborhoods to attend all black schools and vice-versa. Middle class whites, in turn, started moving out of racially diverse cities and into all white suburbs in what was called "White Flight." Suburbs had been around for a while but they had been much smaller while cities were more populous than they are today.


Between inflation, the dismal economy, and voters giving themselves tax cuts, like California's Proposition 13, states and cities struggled to provided basic services. I went back to my old neighborhood a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how clean and well-maintained everything was. When I was a kid in the '70s everything had been run down, dirty, and broken. Having known nothing else, to me that had been normal at the time.
Where was that may I ask?