Over at Locust St., the blog has been featuring an ongoing series called "100 Years (in Ten Jumps)." It's good stuff, but I'm particularly in awe of the entry "1976," which links such disparate artists as Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Anthony Braxton, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, and The Ramones.
What do they have in common? Only that they were all producing music at the time. If you were a music fan then, it seemed like there wasn't really much a scene, but this post makes a strong argument for an active and diverse musical climate.