Protest Music In Vietnam War Essay

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Origins of Protest Music
Protest music has always been around since the beginning of the organization of the United States and well before that. Protest music is music that has a message of change of an idea or action for the better in the artist's view.
"But wars also create their unique antagonists who transform their empathy, concern, anger, and other emotions into poetry, prose, or in our time, popular music. This was particularly true of the war in Vietnam. Given this era’s unique historical circumstances, the musical soundscape to the Vietnam War was strikingly different from the music that accompanied World War II. While there were patriotic songs that did very well... the vast majority of Vietnam War songs fell into the category of anti- rather than pro-war songs." (Candaele)
Popular Music and Their Messages
Many popular artists during the time like everybody else had an opinion about war, especially the Vietnam War. Some artists from Joan Baez to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Bob Dylan to the Jimi Hendrix.
"Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays hail to the chief,
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, lord.
It ain't me; it ain't me; I ain't no senator's son, son.
It ain't me; it ain't
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Woodstock was not a protest, it was a gathering of people who wanted to listen and support their love of music. While many musicians supported political viewpoints this did not stop others with different view points to come together. Music brought them together whether they were mothers or teen or veterans. They came together in harmony to bring peace among each other. This was exactly what Woodstock was about hint the nickname "Three Days of Peace and Music". The idea that peace came before the music was done with a purpose. By placing peace before everything everybody can experience music and joys in their lives without much conflict and come as one large
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