I have an opinion. There was a great deal of excitement in the 1970s – that we could make a difference and enjoy life at the same time. It was an feeling in Austin that did not exist in Dallas Houston and most other cities – with the possible exception of Berkeley or Boulder.
That idea seemed to grab many of us, and many of us who were grabbed stayed around and kept the hope alive. This feeling also attracted many others. And of course the music and the muscisians helped. It snowballed.
I am worried now, however, that there are other driving forces that will overwhelm that 70’s excitement and identity.