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Challenge.007 [Music of the 1970s] 
13th-Apr-2007 11:59 am
Deadline: Friday, April 20th, 2007; 5pm CST.
You may enter up to 2 [two] icons.
You may use any images you like or make text only icons if you prefer.
All effects are allowed [except animations].
All icons must meet LJ requirements.
Do not share your icons until voting has closed.
Enter by commenting to this post only, with icon(s) & url(s) & band/singer/song information.
Current entries: 24

This is the first time I am not providing you with images and I hope that does not deter you from entering this contest. Think of it as having a lot of freedom. I've come up with a few examples....you can make an icon:

- showing your favorite 1970s band/singer.
- that is lyrical based using a song from the 1970s and pairing it with a stock image that you think relates.
- that is text only; using lyrics/band [singer] names/venues/etc.

Those are just a few examples that I've just now come up with but don't feel limited to that. If you have an idea for an icon, post a comment asking if it's okay and if it meets the requirements of the challenge. If you're having a hard time finding a band to work with try looking at the Billboard Charts (make sure you only look at the charts from 1970-79).

Trends in music during the 1970s include the continuation of genres such as rock, country and reggae and the beginnings of glam rock, alternative pop, jazz rock, progressive rock, punk rock, and disco.

Musical groups which rose to fame in the U.S. during this decade include the progressive rock bands Yes and Pink Floyd; disco's Village People and Bee Gees, reggae's Bob Marley and the Wailers, and rock's Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Deep Purple, KISS and many more. Funk emerged as the dominant black musical style of the day[citation needed], with bands like Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, and the highly influential Parliament-Funkadelic. In Australia, bands such as AC/DC, Icehouse, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and the Skyhooks emerged.

The seventies were a time of great social change and this was reflected in the music.[citation needed] Environmentalism still held momentum from the 1960s, Feminism was becoming more influential and gay rights was also becoming more widely recognised and accepted. Several groups adopted these movements as central themes, most famously The Village People, who had such hits as ‘YMCA’ and ‘In the Navy’.

Copied from wikipedia

Note: When you post your icon, please include the band/song information. It will be posted with the icons come voting. For this week, you do not need to supply the images you work with. Again, if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask! :D

Good luck!

P.S. There's still about 5 hours to enter Challenge.006 [Fantasia].

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13th-Apr-2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Does it have to be a band? Because I'm really a HUGE fan of David Bowie, and I know he became a lot more popular in the seventies. So, I'm wondering, could I do an icon of David Bowie? And does it have to be centered around the music and pictures from the seventies (pretty dumb question if you ask me, but I like to make sure). You know, can I use a picture of DB now and take a song from Heroes album?

Yes you can do singers, sorry I should have stated that in the post. And yes you can use a current photo of him with a lyric from Heroes as that album is from the 70s so it relates to the theme. The picture can even be a random stock image if you want. As long as it somehow relates to the 70s you're fine.

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13th-Apr-2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
what about soundtracks as in Grease for example?

I would say - Films/sountracks set in the 70s (made in the 70s) would be acceptable. However, your example Grease, was set in the 50s with many songs originally written in the 50s and does not relate to the 70s music culture at all. So I'm going to have to say no to Grease.

Don't get your hopes up though, I can pretty much guarantee a 50s theme happening eventually. ;)
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14th-Apr-2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
I have a silly question: do photos I use have to be taken in 70s or will earlier/later shoots do?

As long as you're using text relating to the 70s you can use any image (taken anytime).

Example: This would be if acceptable if it were a 50s challenge.
Lyric: "Summer days drifted away" - From the movie Grease.
Image: Sunset - or leaves turning - etc (I just woke up, and I can't think of a better example right now).

So, if you fulfill the 70s music somehow in your icon somehow, you're good. Hopefully that answered your question if not, clarify and ask again :D
14th-Apr-2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I didn't make it clear, I was asking about band/singer photos. I'm going to make icons of my fav band/singer, but I'm not sure if photos were taken in 70s or 80s... Do I really have to add text?

Ah, sorry. My just woken up brain failed me.
As it's really difficult to know when the photos were taken I can't really say no as they may be from the 70s. I suppose if the singer/band rose to fame in the 70s it'd be fine. Also, if using a band/singer photo you do not need to add text.