Billy Joel’s Piano Man was inspired by playing at a bar in Los Angeles. Two classic piano bars from that era, Nye’s Polonaise Room in Minneapolis and The Red Fox Room in San Diego continue to thrive after more than fifty years in business.
In the 1980s Fakir Musafar helped popularize body modification. By 2010, 38 percent of young people ages 18 to 29 had at least one tattoo.
The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 brought widespread destruction and many deaths, but some who survived found it thrilling.