Picks and Pans Review: Vh1 Presents the '70s
Baby boomers, who already own the '60s lock, stock and barrel, now annex the '70s in this five-part, weeklong series. If you can wade through the first two nights of pop sociology served up by the likes of Camille Paglia and the Band's Robbie Robertson—easily the most pretentious man in all of rock and roll—you might enjoy episode 3, which deals with the rise of rock music as an industry. That means lots of Led Zeppelin, the Ramones, David Bowie, Kiss and Queen, and absolutely no Paul Simon. And episode 5 amusingly recaps the abrupt rise and even more abrupt fall of disco. But mostly, VH1's backward glance is a big yawn: too much James Taylor, not enough James Brown. If you hated the Me Decade while you were living through it, wait till you hear Carly Simon talking about it for two nights running.