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Monday, November 27, 2006

The '70s Quietly Live On

Jeez, talk about yer trapped in amber. Not only did Bob Dylan hit #1 (with the decidedly old-fashioned sounding Modern Times), not only did Neil Young release a protest album (Living With War), but did anybody have any idea that Bob Seger, Elton John, Peter Frampton, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and J. J. Cale (together, no less), and Meat Loaf all released new albums in the last year? Were there any ripples in the pond when the Who (minus Entwistle and Moon, of course, since they're, um, dead) released their first studio album in 22 years? Fine, but it's all trumped by this: there is a new Cat Stevens album out. No kidding. Under his not-so-new Islamic name, Yusuf Islam. (It's called An Other Cup).

Who knew? Apart from the first two, I hadn't heard about any of this. The closest thing I've heard to the '70s lately is Röyksopp on that Geico caveman ad and Sam Roberts on vinyl....

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, looking nervously over shoulder for Fleetwood Mac


Blogger Laser said...

What was once old, is new, again.
We are looking for original photographs of Bruce Springsteen from the 1970s and 80s for a new book we are editing. If you have any we invite you to visit and submit what you have for review. Many thanks, Laser

11:44 AM  
Blogger Player said...

Good music seems to survive, but I'd give anything to be able see Nick Drake performing today. Unfortunately, in 1974, Nick passed away at the tender age of 26.

I digress, but if you want to hear some genius acoustic guitar playing, and amazing songwriting, check out "Pink Moon" or "Five Leaves Left" by Nick Drake.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Got 'em. For a guy who died when he was 26, Nick Drake has aged well.


12:40 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...


And speaking of '70s stars who died at 26, let's never forget the immortal Ingram Parsons....


12:56 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

We tend to keep up with Bob Seger around these parts, mainly because he graduated from Ann Arbor High School (now known as Pioneer High).

Last time I saw Seger in concert was when I was sitting on a grass hillside at what was then called Pine Knob on a Michigan summer evening, listening to "Night Moves".

Still gives me chills...

1:05 PM  
Blogger Player said...

Parsons, yes, and Drake has aged well musically. Genius!

BTW Mike, I used to enjoy chatting with you, Roger Hicks, and Ctein at CS Photoforum. I pretty much dropped out of photography when the digital wave first broke, but I've jumped back in (D200, D80, etc.) this past couple months. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm enjoying photography more than ever.

Lastly, this a very interesting and informative site. Great job!

1:56 PM  
Blogger dingbat said...

You missed one big one: The New York Dolls. Who'd have thought they'd outlive the Ramones?

11:12 PM  
Blogger scotth said...

Given the way these guys are ahnging around (and not going 'extinct'), I wonder if it still makes sense to refer to this genre as dinosaur rock.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Maybe it's the folks who listen to it who are dinosaurs. (grin)


7:52 AM  
Blogger robert e said...

There's a great story in today's WaPo about John Hall, formerly of the 70's soft-rock band Orleans, founder of Musicians United for Safe Energy, and now freshman Democratic Congressman from New York. It's a well written piece that manages to be respectful, gently mocking and nostalgic all at the same time.

Plus, it involves a photograph--a rather cheesy album cover that became campaign fodder.

9:43 PM  
Blogger robert e said...

Oops! That John Hall article is here:

9:44 PM  

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