The 70s Club of Sagua la Grande was founded in August 19 of 1999, but its inaugural celebration was not realized
until a year later on July 10, 2000.
This group of music lovers was receiving music videos since 1986, via Undosovision, but the idea to make
a group did not emerge until a decade later.
In a quaint small town, by the shores of the Undoso River, the young seventies generation would gather
every night in the towns central park with a portable radio and listen to what was happening in the music industry in the
United States of America. The Cuban government prohibited the North American
music; therefore the young music lovers had to listen in fear and hide in order to avoid being snatched by police and having
their long hair being cut.
With the passing of the years that generation grew and now with great nostalgia they reunited to reminisce
the wonderful decade of the seventies. This takes place in spite of the realistic
presence of the Cuban government and their belittlement of anything that came from North America since they perceive them
as the enemy.
This group of young people sole intent is to unite through a decade of music, to listen and watch videos
that were sent to them from Undosovision from the United States of America.
Undosovison is a simple symbolic name, that yours truly Tintín, has given to his productions and collections
which for that past 15 years I have sent to Cuba. My sole purpose is to keep
the Cuban population abreast of the events that take place in a democratic country.
The 70s Club only receives videos of the seventies decade, since they were not able to watch them in
their country due the regime in power since 1959. This regime destroyed all that
was North American once it came into power, yet it pretends to recover the lost years.
The founding members are:
Carlos Salgado, Lazaro Saduy, Emilio Guirola, Rafael Jimenez, Miguel Jimenez,
Emilio Gonzalez, Fidel Gonzalez,
Angel Antunez, Pedro Suarez, Rafael Sotolongo, Isidro Rodriguez, Leonel Mollineda, and Enrique Isoba Jr.
Its director is Carlos Salgado, who resides in the city of Sagua la Grande and its international president
is Tintín who resides in Miami, Florida and unites other clubs under the umbrella of Undosovision.
The club has meetings very Saturday in different places, nevertheless its original meeting place was
E.J. Varona # 36 in the city of Sagua. The meetings are with the sole purpose
to watch videos, listen to music, and share memories within a social format to teach the younger generation about a past decade
of, Rock, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, and Country amongst other music. In this gatherings
test are given to the younger generation to see if they are familiar with the music and its artists, as well as to determine
their level of expertise in the matter. One day is set aside to study a predetermined
artist or a musical group. Sometimes a whole month is set aside to study an artist
and his music. Picture are filed in albums, as well as news paper clippings of
the North American artists, that are sent to them from friends in the Unites States of America. For their enjoyment they also receive old records, cassettes and videos from the 60s and 70s decade, as
well as other activities.
The club also does picnics, camping, bicycling, etcTheir music always accompanies them to the beach and
to the caves in Mogote where they can listen to their favorite melodies without being bothered.
All the club members speak English, or at the very least they try to improve they language skills daily. They are almost all experts in the North American music from the second part of the
XX Century. There are others, such as Carlos Salgado who is an expert in such bands as The Beatles. Yet others, such as Lazaro Sarduy dominate very well what place a particular group or song held. We also have musicians that learn the songs with expertise. In
conclusion, they are all excellent fans of this music.
This is healthy gathering of people that dont cause any harm, it only wishes to unite hearts through
the music they love.
God Bless the 70s Club.