Each episode looks at a specific place and moment in time told today from the perspectives of the then aspiring artists, rebels, visionaries, deadbeats, punks and provocateurs who against this backdrop played their part in the spontaneous movement that would go on to change culture and politics forever.
EP. 1: POLITICS
“FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD!”
In conversation with and narrated by Rudy Giuliani and Andrew Cuomo to discuss the wider recession that by 1975 gripped America, but detailing when New York’s mayor went cap in hand to President Ford and the subsequent response - there was nothing the federal government could do and the city would have to sort its problems on its own. What followed were desperate attempts to save the city from bankruptcy whilst cutting back on all social and municipal services.
EP. 2: SOCIAL
“STUDIO 54: ANTHYING WENT”
In conversation with and narrated by Ian Schrager and Susan Sarandon. Re-live the giddy epicenter of 70s hedonism, a disco hothouse of beautiful people, endless cocaine, and sex.
“I would have dinner with my children, put on my cowboy boots, take my Mercedes, park in the garage next door, go in for a couple hours, find someone, and leave!” - Diane Von Furstenberg
EP. 3: MUSIC
“LOVE GOES TO BUILDINGS ON FIRE”
EP. 4: FILM
“REBELLION IN THE AIR”
In conversation with and narrated by Debbie Harry (Blondie) and David Byrne (Talking Heads). Focus on the legendary underground venues CBGB and Max's Kansas City, ground zero for one of the most influential music scenes in rock and roll history.
In conversation with and narrated by Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee we discuss how New York City during a period punctuated with population loss, unchecked crime, urban decay, blackouts and financial bankruptcy can have created some of the best cinema in film history?
EP. 6: GANGS
“THE GANG’S OF NEW YORK”
EP. 5: ART
“COCAINE AND ACRYLICS”
In conversation with and narrated by Julian Schnabel and Larry Gagosian we explain how the downtown areas of SoHo and TriBeCa, with their isolation and state of decay, fostered a certain kind of "anything goes" artistic freedom and collaborative spirit.
In conversation and narrated by Spike Lee and Kool DJ Herc we’ll travel from ‘ghetto expression’ and the founding of hiphop culture to the implications of graffiti on the urban landscape of the city. During this period The Bronx was truly a concrete jungle and it was there in the middle of “gorilla warfare” that Hiphop Culture was born. Gangs like the Black Spades, Savage Skulls, Savage Nomads, and the Ghetto Brothers control the streets. The movie “The Warriors” is infamous in our culture. Bambaataa went on to transform the Black Spades into Zulu Nation and the rest is history.
EP. 7: FASHION
“THE 70’S HAS NEVER BEEN OUT OF STYLE”
In conversation with and narrated by Diane Von Furstenberg and John Varvatos who explore the world of fashion in that louche decade of hedonism with "the look people give when feeling no pain.
“It was like you were walking around naked, but you had clothes on.”
- Phyllis Magison, MoMA