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Weekend Recs: 70s Throwback

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

With Daisy Jones & The Six making a splash, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret getting a new film adaptation, and flared pants continuing their reign, the 70s are becoming relevant again (if they ever weren’t). Every few years, a different decade gets its time in the vintage spotlight, and it looks like the 70s are currently getting the spotlight. This weekend’s recs will share some ways to incorporate the 70s into your summer.

Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash

If you have 4 minutes and 30 seconds…and want to listen to my personal favorite song to come out of the ’70s, listen to “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin. This song always makes me want to take a road trip to the beach.

Bonus: if you’re looking for more ’70s music, listen to this ’70s summer playlist.

If you have 10 minutes…and love vintage fashion, check out this article about women’s fashion in the 1970s. The bell-bottoms of the 70s have turned into today’s flared jeans.

If you have 25 minutes…and enjoy poetry, read some of Shel Silverstein’s poems from the Where the Sidewalk Ends, available at Falvey for those on campus. This book was an iconic staple for decades. (Don’t believe me, just look at the cover).

If you have 2 hours…and want to watch (or rewatch) a movie that started one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, watch Star Wars: Episode 4–A New Hope. Although the other two films in the original trilogy arguably pack more of a punch, this film still deserves credit for setting up a multi-billion dollar franchise. Plus, Carrie Fisher’s in it.

Bonus: for more ’70s movies recs, check out Rolling Stone’s Top 100 ranking.

A Pride March in the 70s, Photo by Ian Sanderson on Unsplash

If you have 8 hours and 24 minutes…and like dramas, watch Daisy Jones & The Six. Based off a novel that was based on the complicated romance between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, this series follows the rise and fall of the fictional rock band Daisy Jones & The Six. If you like Fleetwood Mac and characters who make poor decisions (but look cool while doing it), this is totally for you.

Bonus: if you dig the music from the show, listen to the Aurora album on Spotify.

If you have 9 hours…and need a book with a little bit of everything, read The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s action-packed, and it has an iconic film adaption.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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