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Stevie Wonder: Singing in the Key of Life

Craig Werner, Goldmine, 8 October 1999

IT WAS THE fall of 1974 and signs of confusion were everywhere. President Richard Nixon had fled from office in disgrace, only to receive a full pardon from President Gerald Ford. The year’s best films, Chinatown and The Godfather, Part II, hinted that Watergate might be the rule, rather than the exception. South Boston erupted in violence over school busing. The Ohio National Guardsmen were on trial for killing four student protesters at Kent State and were acquitted of all charges. American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks faced the possibility of a long prison term on charges connected with the occupation of Wounded Knee.

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