In honor of Bumbershoot's 40th Festival (September 4-6 at Seattle Center) we're going to roll out a question a week, one for each decade that Bumbershoot has been bringing great acts to Seattle. (Dylan, Weezer, and Mary J. Blige are coming this year!)
Each week's winner scores a pair of Standard Tickets (with guaranteed Mainstage access) to each day of the Festival!
Here's your 1970s question: Coming off the exploding '60s, the '70s were a tense time of cultural change when everything was politically loaded. Choose your favorite '70s hit and write a brief essay—200 to 300 words—explaining the secret political message, the subtext, if you will, of the song.
Advice: Choosing something like Ohio, Neil Young's anti-Nixon tirade, isn't gonna score as well as explaining the political significance of the Ohio Players' No. 1 hit, Love Rollercoaster.
Send essays to [email protected]—be sure to put "Bumbershoot contest" in the subject line.
Full Bumbershoot schedule here. Full Festival details here.