It was the post-Beatles decade—years of soul and rock and disco and punk. The 1970s was the era that fully embraced the change of the ’60s counterculture, a time when artists waged their own protests against wars, social injustice, and the rapidly shifting American Dream.
Some of the greatest names in contemporary music reached their zenith in the ’70s. Here’s what was happening behind the scenes.
Pete Townshend sitting backstage, circa 1970
Elton John relaxes backstage at Doug Weston’s Troubadour on August 25, 1970 in Los Angeles (now West Hollywood), California
Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis, Jr. backstage in Elvis’ dressing room, opening night at the Showroom International Hotel on August 10, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Jimi Hendrix backstage at the Love And Peace Festival on the Isle of Fehmarn, his final official concert appearance, on September 6, 1970 in Germany