Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Popularity of Singer-Songwriters of the Early 1970s
In the early 1970s, the popularity of singer-song writers was mostly based on the tune of their songs as well as the lyrics. According to the article "That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be" by Judy Kutulas, Kutulas says that the singer-song writers of the 1960s and the 1970s "who wrote autobiographical songs and lived in the public eye, provided middle - class youths with some compelling models of modern gender, romance, and sexuality." Personally, I feel like the most important quality of singer-song writers during this time period was their independent lyrics. Artists such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell wrote songs with lyrics that went deeper than the typical mainstream pop tune. The lyrics of Shelley Fabares' song, "Johnny Angel," were much more shallow and did not seem to go beyond being a catchy radio song.