We asked thoughtful locals why the 1970s left such a lasting imprint on Austin. We received many provocative answers, which we’ll share here first. 

Feel free to send yours to mbarnes@statesman.com

John Inmon, musician

Of course you realize that an entire book could be written on the rather open question you ask. In fact, it’s possible that there could be a thesis or two either being written or already written somewhere.

Anyway, in my experience Austin has always been a young person’s town. It was in 1970 and it is now. In 1970, the generation that was “coming of age” was the largest in history. It was also the first generation to grow up with the threat of nuclear annihilation.

As soon as a critical mass of them/us woke up to that fact, they/we started looking for new ways of doing just about everything from politics to music to fashion.

This, of course, became, or was absorbed, into pop culture, depending on your definition of the term. Again, Austin is a young person’s town. Who consumes pop culture? The young – and so, it perpetuates itself.

Until the next wave, that is…


1970s Austin: No. 1 Elizabeth Christian1970s Austin: No. 2 Forrest Preece1970s Austin: No. 3 Eddie Wilson1970s Austin: No. 4 Fred Thom1970s Austin: No. 5 Gus Garcia1970s Austin: No. 6 Luci Johnson1970s Austin No. 7: Fern Santini1970s Austin No. 8: Rick Lowerre1970s Austin No. 9: Sherry Matthews1970s Austin No 10: Charlie Betts1970s Austin No. 11: Lee Cooke1970s Austin No. 12: John Inmon