The 70’s Music Era Slipping Away by Vinny Vance

South San Francisco, CA                       January 22, 2016                           by Vinny Vance

We are of a certain age, my peers and I, and we grew up listening to the greatest decade of music ever…In the 70s, we had classic rock, soul, disco, punk, new wave, you name it…This stuff is in our veins, in our souls, it is part of the fabric that makes us who we are…the artists we dug were ten to fifteen years or more older than we are, and they are disappearing before our very eyes…Many are still out there, though, making music and keeping our decade alive, at least in our hearts and minds…

Cindy and I have made a point of seeing as many of these talented motherfuckers as is humanly possible, and as I watch these guys (and gals), I could swear that I can see in their eyes that they know it too, that an era is coming to a close, that they, and we, should grab it by the throat and hold on for dear life as we rock and roll into our golden years…

It’s not just the music, but the art, the culture, the writings and the essence of our generation, which even today is being embraced more and more by younger folks dissatisfied with their contemporaries, with the Perrys, Adeles, Biebers and Swifts of this world…You may enjoy some of these folks, but they are a facsimile, a shell, empty vessels waiting to be filled by elaborate costumes, exhausting choreography, trite lyrics and career brevity…

You all know how I feel about life, that it is fleeting, that is is precious, that there will be no afterlife, no eternal life, just end of existence, so let’s enjoy the hell out of it while we can…See you at the Fillmore!

All photo credits go to Vinny Vance.

Jerry Garcia Photo: Vinny Vance

Jerry Garcia

Robin Williams

Robin Williams Photo: Vinny Vance

Stan Getz Photo: Vinny Vance

Stan Getz

Tim Hauser.

Tim Hauser Photo: Vinny Vance

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter Photo: Vinny Vance

Bobby Keys and Ian McLagen

Bobby Keys and Ian Mclaren Photo: Vinny Vance


Glenn Frey Photo: Vinny Vance

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa Photo: Vinny Vance

Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee Photo: Vinny Vance

Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines

Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines Photo: Vinny Vance

Norton Buffalo

Norton Buffalo Photo: Vinny Vance

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker Photo: Vinny Vance

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher Photo: Vinny Vance

Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose Photo: Vinny Vance

Steve Marriot

Steve Marriot Photo: Vinny Vance

Ray Charles

Ray Charles Photo: Vinny Vance

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison Photo: Vinny Vance




Vinny Vance is a regular contributor to Everything South City

Vinny Vance is a regular contributor to Everything South City

Vinny Vance is a rock star in his own right, projecting words and photos that find their mark in the mind and souls of many. Vinny was born in South San Francisco with a camera in his hand, and with the exceptions of his world travels, has not left, for which we are grateful. His four daughters adore him too. 

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