Rock Me at the Water: 1974-The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics


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In this outstanding cultural historical past, Atlantic Senior Editor Ronald Brownstein—“one in every of America’s very best political newshounds (The Economist)—tells the kaleidoscopic tale of 1 huge yr that marked town of Los Angeles’ inventive height, a glittering second when pop culture used to be forward of politics in predicting what America would change into. 

Los Angeles in 1974 exerted extra affect over pop culture than every other town in America. Los Angeles that yr, in truth, ruled pop culture greater than it ever had sooner than, or would once more. Working in movie, recording, and tv studios round Sunset Boulevard, residing in Brentwood and Beverly Hills or amid the flickering lighting of the Hollywood Hills, a cluster of transformative skills produced an explosion in pop culture which mirrored the demographic, social, and cultural realities of a converting America. At a time when Richard Nixon received two presidential elections with a message of backlash towards the social adjustments unleashed through the sixties, pop culture used to be forward of politics in predicting what America would change into. The early Seventies in Los Angeles used to be the time and where the place conservatives definitively misplaced the fight to regulate pop culture.

Rock Me at the Water lines the confluence of flicks, tune, tv, and politics in Los Angeles month through month thru that transformative, magical yr. Ronald Brownstein finds how 1974 represented a war of words between an enormous more youthful era intent on trade, and a political order rooted in the established order. Today, we’re once more witnessing a generational cultural divide. Brownstein presentations how the voices resistant to modify might win the political fight for a time, however they can not grasp again the long run.