The Youth Of The '60s Found Their Voice Through Rock And Roll

An entire thought-provoking experience is often had by the individuals who are listening to Hendrix vinyl, Janis Joplin albums, Dylan records, etc. One may be reminded of the very power of humankind to rise up against oppression and strive for freedom, instead of just listening to the music.

Few decades in United States history were as influential as the 1960's. With the Cold War raging and the Civil Rights Movement gaining followers, this was a landmark time. People were now disgusted with what they perceived as the country's hunger for power and control. They believed that tolerance and justice needed to be more closely aligned with the country.

the youth of the 60s found their voice through rock and roll

The new orientation in rock and roll music was partly related to this. Up to this point, the genre had certainly signified rebellion and distaste for authority, but in a mostly apolitical way. Rebellion with concrete goals, though, was the concept that rock musicians of this day began to push for. They were supporting a set of ideals which would bolster the well-being of disenfranchised segments of the American public and provide more of a voice to the people in general in their effort for greater autonomy.

Rock began to incorporate more sociopolitical leanings after the folk revival (including Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Joan Baez) and a handful of soul entertainers (including Sam Cooke) introduced these themes. Among those to imbue their songs with more consequential subject matter and be plain-spoken critics of the way things were the aforementioned Joplin and Hendrix, The Beatles, MC5, The Velvet Underground, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Doors. A wide range of topics including civil rights, anti-war efforts, feminism, gay rights, the environment, and drug use and possible decriminalization were discussed by them. The punk and metal subgenres and bands that make use of other styles are an outgrowth of the counterculture-rock bond that was in place by the end of the Nineteen Sixties.

When listening to a vinyl record or LP record from an artist or group associated with the '60s, one is usually taken back in history to this defining era. A listener almost right away feels, as if they were involved, the passion and zeal that so many of that time cultivated in service of their cause. Although that decade is long past, those who lived through it and fought for the intrinsic rights of mankind, including many musicians, are undying and will never, ever be overlooked.

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Seth Frank
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by Seth Frank; Monday, May 9, 2011 @ 06:50 AM [1760]

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