In the 1970s, Los Angeles took New York City’s place as pop music’s capital. Music styles developed due to a willingness to abandon the past, an easygoing attitude, the early stirrings of the personal development movement, and a new wave of young entrepreneurs. Architecture, clothing trends, and cultural movements pushed the boundaries of the status quo. Los Angeles County is home to architecturally and culturally significant sites associated with the decade.
The aerospace industry became the key to Los Angeles’ new fashionability and economic buoyancy after the Cold War. As a result of war production and migration, Los Angeles became an industrial and financial giant. Los Angeles began to assemble more cars than any other city, manufactured more tires than any other city except Akron, Ohio, made more furniture than Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stitched more clothes than any other city.
Here are some stunning vintage photos of Los Angeles in the late 1970s by John Margolies.