Generation X Deep South

tidbits, fragments, and ephemera 28: a few from the ’70s

tidbits, fragments, and ephemera is a usually weekly but not always, sometimes substantial but not making any promises glimpse at some information and news related to Generation X in the Deep South.

Strom Thurmond wants John Lennon deported, 1972

It was fifty years ago this month that South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond – well-known for being a segregationist then a party-switcher – was doing his best to get former Beatles guitarist John Lennon deported. Thurmond didn’t care for Lennon’s politics and wanted him out of the country, because he felt like Lennon could influence people to dislike Richard Nixon.

The Mississippi Code of 1972 establishes minimum ages for marriage 

Boys had to be at least 17, and girls had to be at least 15. However, no one younger than 21 could get married younger without parental consent.

Led Zeppelin in Baton Rouge, 1975

The Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash, 1977

On October 20, 1977, three members of the band were killed when their small airplane crashed in the woods near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Their plane had left Greenville, South Carolina and was heading for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines all died in the crash.

The Dukes of Hazzard premieres, 1979

It was January 26, 1979 when the first episode of The Dukes of Hazzard aired on CBS. The show, which was set in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, ran until 1985.

level:deepsouth is an online anthology about growing up Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The anthology is open to submissions of creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, and reviews) and images (photos and flyers), as well as to contributions for the lists.

An early springtime Deep Southern Gen X sampler, from “the lists”

The section in level:deepsouth called “the lists” is for collecting and sharing articles, sound files, videos, and images from Generation X’s early years in the Deep South and from today. Below is a sampler.

A History of the Swimming Pool Qs 

The band, which was formed in 1978, was on the forefront of New Wave in the Deep South. The Qs opened for The Police and were praised by The Village Voice and MTV’s Kurt Loder.

“Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by The Georgia Satellites, from their self-titled 1986 album

This was the band’s only major hit, though a few other songs did break the Top 100 in the late ’80s. This one went all the way to #2 on the charts in 1987. 

What Haunts Us (documentary, 2018)

This latter-day documentary explores the suicides of six members of the Porter-Gaud School’s class of 1979. The film makes connections among the suicides, the elite school in Charleston, South Carolina,  and one charismatic faculty member who had been sexually abusing students. 

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