Music And Its Impact On Society

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There are two pillars of society that have and always will be prevalent in civilizations. The first pillar being competition of power; society will always have individuals in charge of the decisions regarding the administration of their civilization. Secondly, being the self-expression of the human condition through music. Both concepts widely disparate, although both vital to the constitution of one’s identity and development of their life choices. A person’s life will always be altered due to interactions with their environment. For James Hornaday Murray, the two most influential aspects of his environment have been the impact of music and politically dismay he grew up with. In his most shapeable stage in life, the coming of adulthood…show more content…
Songs metamorphosed to expression of frustration and anger towards the political choices of countries. Music concerts were then formed to create a focal point of social change and discovery of one’s self. One of the most momentous concerts in James Murray’s life was Woodstock in 1969. Woodstock was the coalescing of the most influencing artists of their decade making an impact on their world; James learned from this event how music was more than just an art form but an outpouring of raw emotion. He learned of the power of music. Woodstock was stationed on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Initially its purpose was for the founders to start their own label; it transformed into a cultural mecca for peace, love and antiwar sentiments. (Sanjek) The youth counterculture was able to experience musicians such as Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. (Festival concludes) For James, just beginning his adult life, these bands brought on new ideas he never quite imagined were possible. It was due to the fact that he had grown up with parents who lived in an era of conformity. Thus he never experienced this type of self-expression and open anger with the American Government. Experimentation with oneself was not permissible. Questioning the government was not thought of and individuals could not make a difference. Woodstock provided
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