Media

1972

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  • NYC Transit Authority and NYC Parks Administration object to a RCA Records ad in the Voice promoting a new album by Lou Reed. Ad shows a man spray painting Reed’s name on a wall of subway car, RCA subsequently pulls the ad.
  • Groucho Marx serves as host for The Village Voice Obie Award ceremony.
  • The Voice launches a book-publishing division. In its two years of operation, it only released one title, a book about chess by Alexander Cockburn.
  • Cashman & West’s 1972 hit song, “American City Suite” chronicles the decline of New York’s quality of life, as the city became notorious for high crime rates and social disorder. Some of the lyrics read: “A junkie steals/a mayor deals/who knows what’s coming next/Traffic jams and greedy hands/ Did you read it in the text.”
  • The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, is released. It wins three Academy Awards: for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Writing (adapted screenplay).