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An audio documentary of 1970s music and history. This podcast examines the intersection of a wide variety of musical genres, including pop, rock, country, country-pop, disco, punk, and soul with the events and people that helped shape the 70s and beyond.

For the Record: The 70s Amy Lively

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    • 4.9 • 68 Ratings

An audio documentary of 1970s music and history. This podcast examines the intersection of a wide variety of musical genres, including pop, rock, country, country-pop, disco, punk, and soul with the events and people that helped shape the 70s and beyond.

    A 70s Pop Manifesto: Finding Meaning in 70s Pop | Episode 34

    A 70s Pop Manifesto: Finding Meaning in 70s Pop | Episode 34

    Who knew that Barry Manilow wanted "Could it Be Magic" to be a "musical orgasm?" That song was part of the wide menu of 70s pop, which has been often derided by critics, yet found an audience with millions of music fans then and now. This episode examines the variety of songs that are classified as pop, which became a genre unto itself in the 70s. Artists such as The Carpenters, Cher, ABBA, and Andy Gibb made music for the masses and the masses responded by buying their records and making these artists stars. Is it a bad thing if music doesn't always have "meaning?" This episode makes the case that music always has meaning, just by its existence in our lives, and doesn't have to make a statement to have value. (Also, HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY TO FTR70!)


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    Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey! 70s Music and Sports | Episode 36

    Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey! 70s Music and Sports | Episode 36

    The relationship between music and sports in the 70s was multidimensional. There were songs about individual athletes, there were songs that enhanced the game for the fans, and there were songs that created an identity for athletes and teams. This relationship was evident even in rollerskating, which saw music set the mood and, at times, offered an escape in times of turmoil. This episode looks at songs on a wide spectrum, from "Nadia's Theme" to "The Groove Line" to "We Will Rock You" in a close examination of the powerful relationship between 70s music and sports.



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    Cosmic American Music: 70s Country Rock | Episode 35

    Cosmic American Music: 70s Country Rock | Episode 35

    Gram Parsons called country rock Cosmic American Music; it was a little of this and a little of that, combined into a musical stew that today we call Americana. In the 70s, though, the marriage of rock and country, complete with the steel guitar and perhaps a banjo or two, seemed like an unlikely marriage. The truth is that rock and country share similar roots, but heavily formatted radio was not sure what to do with bands like Poco, The Flying Burrito Brothers, or Pure Prairie League. The DID know what to do with The Eagles, who ultimately abandoned the country in their country rock on the way to selling millions of records. This episode looks at the sub-genre of 70s rock that was considered by some to be too country for rock and too rock for country.


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    Trailer: Cosmic American Music: 70s Country Rock

    Trailer: Cosmic American Music: 70s Country Rock

    This episode of FTR70 looks at the music that some considered too country for rock and too rock for country.


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    Trailer -- A Celebration of 70s Pop (and Happy Anniversary FTR70!)

    Trailer -- A Celebration of 70s Pop (and Happy Anniversary FTR70!)

    It is the THIRD ANNIVERSARY of FTR70 and the podcast is celebrating with a look at 70s pop! Yes, we SHOULD celebrate the likes of The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Cher, Andy Gibb (!) because they sang the songs with the hooks, the beats, the melodies that people could not get out of their heads. Even if critics dismissed pop songs as shallow or meaningless, we know they really were not because pop songs are often the soundtracks of our lives. 


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    Trailer -- Zaire '74: The Spectacular Soundtrack of The Rumble in the Jungle

    Trailer -- Zaire '74: The Spectacular Soundtrack of The Rumble in the Jungle

    The Rumble in the Jungle in 1974 was Muhammad Ali's quest to regain the heavyweight boxing championship he lost when he refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. To be sure, it was an important event in sports history but the festival that preceded it, Zaire '74, was every bit as important. B.B. King, Bill Withers, The Pointer Sisters, The Spinners, James Brown, and many others performed in a festival that was intended to "return to the beat." This episode examines the importance of the fight and the music festival. 


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

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STKCnyc/Lon ,

My dog is going to be happy because I’m going to walk everywhere listening to this.

I’ve never got the appeal of podcasts, (I felt like the only one) but I found this when I had a half-hour walk and decided to give one a try, searched for 70’s music or something and found this. Listened to the “Women Who Rocked The 70s” and was immediately hooked. I now get it. Am bringing headphones on all walks and will take the dog out more. I love the facts about the music and the snippets of music to illustrate the facts. I was hoping to drag it out a bit, but I keep finding excuses to listen. I’ll probably be done with the whole lot before next week.

Aljasper ,

Entertaining and Educational

I’ve only recently discovered this podcast, but I’m really enjoying it. It is a welcome blend of history with a celebration of the important music and its artists from the 70s. This is exactly the type of seminar I wish was offered at my college or high school. The host is smart, thoughtful, incredibly knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about this era.

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