BBC Radio Merseyside
4/5 stars, Amazon Vine review
This is a sober and serious appraisal of the popular music and historical events of 1970. I have no personal memories of that year, as I was only 8 at the time, but this book sets out the death of the 1960s in great detail. In some ways, 1970 was full of loss - the split of the Beatles for example, or the death of Jimmy Hendrix - and as the author says, 1970 put paid to the sixties, chronologically, culturally and communally.
If you have an interest in contemporary culture and history, you will enjoy this book. There is a good bibliography and it is thoroughly indexed musically, so you can track down all the songs mentioned in the book. The only gap really is the lack of photographs. For me, a picture is worth a thousand words, and I would have dearly loved to have seen the publishers produce an illustrated version of this book.
by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
5/5 stars – Amazon Vine review
A interesting read that presents details of political events, history, culture, social changes and films, and how this will have effected artists at the time and how their music will have reflected the particular moment of time. I am surprised but the book does highly convince how the artists does reflect the times and what was going on. I do think that there are artists that are outside of influence, that have been propelled by technological change or just pushing the boundaries of music. But this book has changed my mind, music is reactionary and does make comment and highlight the times that they come from. We are presented with much facts and figures, a quite detailed book that has been well researched. An interesting and amiable read should you have some interest of music of this late 1960's and 1970. I am now quite interested to read the previous book to this edition, to gain understanding of the music of the mid 1960's and how that came about and the influences. An interesting read.
by R. Hallett
3 out of 5 stars
Different Tracks compares musical change and political change in the 1970s. This is an interesting approach to a topic, but I think that if you explore the dynamic between the two for all the decades, there will be some sort of correlation. (The author has also written a previous book about 1964 and this is the 2nd in a triology) The Beatles broke up, Simon & Garfunkel broke up. People hoped the Vietnam War would come to an end. Jimi Hendrix died.
The book looks at a lot of songs from this era as well as the state of the people and politics. The book consists of 8 chapters which look at different aspects of music and life. A very interesting read. Lots of directories in the back with what music was mentioned in this book.
by Katie Wanta