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Seventies: The Sights, Sounds and Ideas of a Brilliant Decade

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When people think of culture in the 1970s they usually conjure up a confetti of kitsch, a jumble of trash in which pet rocks vie for space with the Partridge Family to the tune of the Bay City Rollers. It was the decade that taste forgot, a cultural wasteland compared to the decade that preceded it or those that have followed it.
Paperback, 472 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Pocket Books (first published September 29th 2006)
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If one would be completely unaware of the great culture of the 1970s, this book might be a small revelation. However, for me this was an interesting read about the personal, perhaps rather snobbish, preferences of mr Sounes. It was interesting, quite well written and it had lots of interesting new tidbits of information about subjects that I thought I knew quite a bit about, but it still gave of a feeling of only scratching the surface of this fabulous decade from a certain perspective: an Angli ...more
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This was a very pleasant read. The topics chosen through the chronology and the vivid descriptions of people and places brought the feeling of the 1970s back to life.
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Adequate - a collection of anecdotes, rather than the Grand Unifying Theory concerning the all round goodness of the 1970s, as promised on the cover. Never mind...
This book just hit the spot for me, because I was THERE.
Space-hoppers, Ker-plunk, Etch-a-Sketch, Bill Grundy and the Sex Pistols.... I was THERE.
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