ABBA, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Wayne's World I and II . David Bowie. Blaxploitation. Platform shoes. Bathhouses. The Brady Bunch . The Brady Bunch Movie . Boogie Nights . Not only were the '70s filled with cultural icons and phenomena galore, but today we are increasingly seeing a resurgence of styles and elements of that wacky era in between the decade of the left and the decade of the right. The Seventies delves into these themes and reveals what they meant at the time and what their recurrence means for us today. Liberally illustrated with photographs, the book is divided into five sections: Re/Defining the Seventies , Identifying Genres , Fashioning the Body , Queering the Seventies , and Talking Music . The contributors take you on a fascinating journey that looks at the Black Panthers, Jonestown, glam rock, black action films and gay male subcultures as well as including queer rereadings of cultural phenomena, examinations of clothing and seventies bodies, and an esssay on the meaning of sound in the seventies. The Seventies is must reading for anyone who wants to revisit that glam decade and the contributions it made to our culture.
Shelton Waldrep is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. He is co-author of Inside the Mouse (1995).