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Interesting if overly single-minded view of the 70's
on 28 January 2012
DJ and writer Dave Haslam gives his personal take on a turbulent decade which saw the end of the post-war consensus in light of the various crises that plagued the 70's.It is well enough written,but Haslam mostly restricts his view to the music and youth cultures of the decade,with occasional references to the political,social and economic events that shaped the period.And because of this,we have a rather one-sided view which portrays virtually everything and anything as grim and depressing,as undoubtedly was the case for much but not all of the time.Some of Haslam's musings come across exaggerated and not wholly accurate,and although there are detailed passages regarding some aspects of the 70's (Football hooliganism,IRA bomb campaigns,industrial unrest,the oil crisis,etc.) , others (TV,Films) barely get mentioned, and although it is right not to look back with rose-tinted glasses too much, it wasn't always as overly dismal as Haslam neccessarily suggests it was. For more detailed and fully balanced views of the 70's, such books as 'CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?' and 'THE DAY THE LIGHTS WENT OUT' by Alwyn W.Turner and Andy Beckett respectively are rather better polemics of this most controversial,troubled and extraordinary of decades.