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Subject: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: d90 on 02/08/16 at 8:31 pm

Was there any nostalgia for 1940s music in the 1960's.

Subject: Re: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 02/08/16 at 10:36 pm

IMO not very much.  Nostalgia didn't really take off until the mid-70's.  Of course people who grew up with music of another era tended to stick with "their music" - but the young didn't embrace the "old stuff" much.  Whatever '40s nostalgia there was, it solidified during the '70s, not the '60s.

Subject: Re: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: yelimsexa on 02/09/16 at 1:07 pm

Disco was heavily influenced by big band/swing music in addition to the funk/soul music, along with its signature one-dimensional rhythm beat. In the 1960s, swing/big band music what those under 30 were still rebelling against.

A book entitled "Simon Says: The Sights and Sounds of the Swing Era, 1935-1955" by George T. Simon was published in 1971 and is still one of the most definitive sources for the genre. As far as classic Hollywood movies, those really never went away thanks to them being reran on television frequently. But the rise in appreciation in a literary sense for Hollywood took off in the late 1960s with lots of books about cinema right up until the fall of the studio system and rise of TV. Plus, Madison Square Garden had its first Big Band festival concert in 1970. Along with a side of 1950s (understandable since the early '50s wasn't much different from the late '40s), the 1970s provided the biggest nostalgic kick to the 1940s.

If there was nostalgia for a time in the sixties, it would probably have still been the 1920s (the TV series "The Roaring Twenties" came out that decade along with a couple of period pieces), but the '60s was still by large a "live for today" time, as the Grass Roots sang.

Subject: Re: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/09/16 at 2:55 pm

I can recall a Glenn Miller revival during the 1970s, but not in the 1960s. In fact he never went away.

Subject: Re: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: Mat1991 on 02/09/16 at 10:07 pm

Personally, the whole "20-year nostalgia cycle" seems like an overblown theory to me. I can't find much evidence of it prior to the '70s, when there was some nostalgia for the '50s. Now people seem to think it's a law of nature.

Subject: Re: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: 2001 on 02/09/16 at 10:13 pm


Personally, the whole "20-year nostalgia cycle" seems like an overblown theory to me. I can't find much evidence of it prior to the '70s, when there was some nostalgia for the '50s. Now people seem to think it's a law of nature.


There was 20s nostalgia in the 40s, but I think even then most nostalgia was for the 1890s.

Subject: Re: 1940s revival in the 1960s

Written By: Mat1991 on 02/09/16 at 10:17 pm


There was 20s nostalgia in the 40s, but I think even then most nostalgia was for the 1890s.


Can you give some examples about 1920s nostalgia in the '40s? I never noticed any.

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