Why the Seventies still matter

The decade that taste forgot contained a lot more than bad wallpaper, says Dominic Sandbrook

The Queen's silver jubilee took place in 1977. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2012 edition of BBC History Magazine

What do the 1980s mean to you? Space hoppers, Star Wars, inflation and the IRA? Tom Baker’s scarf, George Smiley’s glasses, Harold Wilson’s pipe and Larry Grayson’s patter? Or foreign holidays, colour television, Blue Nun and the unmistakeable taste of Black Forest gateau?

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