History of American Popular Music

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History of American Popular Music Often these days we hear a lot in the news regarding the oppression and horrible conditions that exist in underdeveloped third world countries. I even find myself attempting to imagine what that must be like day after day living in what seems like a hopeless situation, and the one organization that I should be able to find help and leadership, the government, is empty and thoroughly dysfunctional. I then wonder were dose that leave my people? How do they make there voices heard without bluntly getting in the face of the government and risking the posabilty of imprisonment and even death for deifying the popular opinion of the present administration This has been the timeless question for many generations in almost every country on earth. No matter what the problem, poverty, unstable government or inadequate health care people have always found away to make known there demand for change now to the governing power of the time. In some countries it can mean certain death for speaking out against the government in public. So that meant that any group protesting something wrong about there country was forced to find better outlet for expressing there ideas. A much more peaceful and covert means of expression was defiantly in order, after all a violent protest in that environment will only get someone killed or imprisoned and it's very difficult to get one's ideals to the public under either one of those conditions. As a result politics and protest found there way into the music of that society. Music of that time did and still to this day dose often speak of the many deep social problems that become so rooted in a society that governments and citizens alike stop looking at an... ... middle of paper ... ...n ideas. The other movie I watched also represented many of the American ideals and it was called "An American in Paris". They both are out for the american dream. In one sense there is the mob, a group of people daring to live life on there own term and using any means at there disposal to ensure they have the best life possible without being forced to use any conventual means to obtain that life. Then on the other hand there is an "An American in Paris" seeking the same thing only not by such drastic outlets. The song "I've Got Rhythm, I've Got Music, I've Got My Gal Who Could Ask For Anything More" pretty much sums it up as to what there looking for. It's something simple yet fulfilling that will make them happy. I does vary to an extent how they go about obtaining happiness, but they go through life trying to make money be happy and live on there own terms.

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