Analysis Of Greenwich Village : Music That Defined A Generation

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Protest music of the 1960s was a counterculture because through the form of music they would protest against the norm, war, government, civil rights, etc. Music was the main force for the younger generation to rebel against the older generation. In the documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation, Tom Bernadin stated that “money was not the driving force behind your existence” (Greenwich Village). In Greenwich Village and other places around the United States, younger people would settle there as a place for those who did not buy into the social norm that the older generation had set for them. They created music as a way for them to get out their message and not in a way to earn money.
2. Why did it go mainstream?
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As well, the protest music went mainstream, as it was a way for people to feel like they are not alone and have people around the country who believe and are fighting for the same things that they are.
3. What was the music protesting?
The music produced in the 1960s was protesting against the Vietnam War, the government, social norms, the older generation, civil rights, women’s movement, etc. The music protested issues that were happening in the United States as well as around the world in other countries like the war that America was involved with in Vietnam. There were numerous songs that came out of the 1960s that protested against the Vietnam War. Some antiwar protest songs of the 60s are “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire, “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones, and “War” by Edwin Starr. The lyrics of “Eve of Destruction” shows the protest against America’s involvement in the war with “You’re old enough to kill but no for votin’/You don’t believe in war but whats that gun you’re totin’” (McGuire). Those fighting in the war were too young to vote for their country, but they weren’t too young to kill for their country. The soldiers also didn’t believe in the cause of the war, but they still fought in the war, as they had no choice because of the draft. Through music the younger generation also
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