The Influence of Protest Music during the 1960’s And Beyond

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The 1960’s was one of the most controversial decades in American history because of not only the Vietnam War, but there was an outbreak of protests involving civil and social conditions all across college campuses. These protests have been taken to the extent where people either have died or have been seriously injured. However, during the 1960’s, America saw a popular form of art known as protest music, which responded to the social turmoil of that era, from the civil rights movement to the war in Vietnam. A veritable pantheon of musicians, such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan sang their songs to encourage union organizers to protest the inequities of their time, creating a diverse variety of popular protest music, which has reached out to the youthful generations everywhere demanding for a revolutionary change. The protest music took the children of the 1960’s to a completely new different level. Musicians of this generation were not going to sit and do nothing while the government lied to the people about what was going on in Vietnam. Instead, they took their guitar-strumming troubadours from the coffee houses, plugged them in, and sent the music and the message into the college dorm rooms and the homes of the youth of America. However, as decades went by, protest music does not have much of an impact as it use to because of the way things have changed over the years. Through the analysis of the music during the 1960’s, there shall be an understanding on how the different genres of protest music has affected social protesters based on how musicians have become the collective conscience of that generation through their lyrics and music and the main factors that contributed to the lack of popula... ... middle of paper ... ...od of Protest Songs Reflects Growing Anger.” The Hartford Courant 29 May 2006: 13 pars. Online. LexisNexis Academic. Dec. 7, 2008. Draper, Bill. “Musicians Say Cultural Changes, Lack of Draft Put Damper on Protest Songs.” The Associated Press State & Local Wire April 2005: 20 pars. Online. LexisNexis Academic. Dec. 7, 2008. Marino, Nick. “Renewed Sounds of Protest: Host of New Songs Question U.S. Military Policies in Iraq, But It’s Tough to Live Up to the Standards of the Vietnam Era.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9 Sep. 2005: 17 pars. Online. LexisNexis Academic. Dec. 7, 2008. Proskocil, Niz. “New Wave of Protest Songs Rips War, Bush.” The Omaha World-Herald 21 May 2006: 32 pars. Online. LexisNexis Academic. Dec. 7, 2008. Rodnitzky, Jerome L. Minstrels of the Dawn: The Folk-Protest Singer as a Cultural Hero. Chicago: Nelson Hall, 1976.
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