For music fans, it sure seemed like the '70s got off to an epically bad start. 1970 saw the breakup of The Beatles. Then, Janis Joplin, Jim Morriosn and Jimi Hendrix died tragically young all in the early '70s. Although soul-crushing to many fans, the rest of the music world stepped up to fill the void, and so we ended up with some of the most incredible and influential rock music the world has known. Ask any modern rock star who his or her influences are, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one who doesn’t include a 1970s artist or band like Freddie Mercury, the Sex Pistols, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Led Zeppelin. In an era filled with boundary-pushing creativity, the rock stars of the day truly ran with it.
Among the biggest changes from the comparatively chilled-out music of the 1960s was the advent of punk music, a genre that didn’t hesitate to channel rage, political discontent and raw emotion into perfunctory, yet impactful songs. Sadly, much of the rock music of the 70s was drug-fueled, causing the world to prematurely lose the musical geniuses of the day, like Sid Vicious, Tommy Bolin, Keith Moon and more.
The Eagles, The Ramones, Skynyrd, Queen ... some decades had all the luck. You call yourself a lover of real music, but can you rock the '70s bands quiz?