Best of the Decade: 1970s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!

Half Price Books makes its debut! …along with Earth Day, Apple and Star Wars. This month, we bring you the bevy of fascinating events, books, music and movies that increased the far out factor during the 1970s.


All the President’s Men – Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
Roots – Alex Haley
The Shining – Stephen King
Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon


Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan
Innervisions – Stevie Wonder
Exile on Main St. – The Rolling Stones
There’s a Riot Goin’ On – Sly & The Family Stone
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Never Mind the Bollocks – The Sex Pistols
Blue – Joni Mitchell



1970 Earth Day first celebrated
1970 PBS begins operations
1971 26th amendment sets voting age at 18
1972 Watergate scandal exposed
1972 Half Price Books founded
1974 Nixon resigns presidency
1976 Apple, Inc. founded
1977 Roots airs on ABC
1977 Star Wars debuts
1979 McDonald’s introduces the Happy Meal

There you have it! Even with The Shining, What’s Going On and the introduction of the Happy Meal, we couldn’t possibly have covered it all. Hit the comments and let us know which groovy items you would add to the list.