Out Loud! 2014: The Seventies | Offscreen
Every year we’re singing that familiar song – but it’s such a great tune. A lunch-time picnic and in the evening (aperitif) concerts and musical films, high up on Beursschouwburg’s Rooftop terrace. All FREE – including the view of Brussels!
We’re diving headlong into the seventies with seven music documentaries, full-length films and concert recordings. It was a decade with two distinctive styles: colourful, optimistic and extravagant, but also dark pessimistic and violent.
Everyone demands their freedom, in hotpants and platform shoes. The sexual revolution pervades the orange-brown interior of the living room; but as a reult of the oil crisis, hijackings, attempted murders, high unemployment and economy measures the tide turned in the seventies: from a future which looked bright for everyone there was a U-turn towards the “ no future” punk.
In musical terms the decade was flanked both by the showy alluring performance brought by David Bowie, Roxy Music and T-Rex and, in contrast. the glitter and pounding disco bass notes. Between the two the sounds of the heavy funky bass and likewise “wah wah” pedals which, together with soul and R & B, created the basic sound for the Afro-American population.
Hard rock groups like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin battle with progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis or Yes to produce the longest number. The concept album raises the bar on pop and rock to artistic heights but, as often as not, goes aground in an interminable improvisation and pretentious virtuosity. The counter-reaction arrives in 1976 with a large serving of punk: everyone takes to the morbid street-style punk anarchism or the excessive disco escapism of the dancefloor.
During the Out Loud! weeks you’ll discover entertainment and diversity.