The Effects Of War And Music Together Essay

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The Effects of War and Music Together

How are music and war related? Music puts a voice in the people’s ears, and tells them whether or not we should be involved in that war. It helped out the troops when they were over seas to not be so home sick. Also, every war preceding the Vietnam War had music to help or support the war, but the Vietnam War is where music during wartime changed.

The Vietnam War has been called "America's first rock-and-roll war" because of rock music that was played and listened to by all Americans. As the draft was raised and draft dodgers were being cracked down on, an overwhelming number of military personnel belonged to one generation: the average age of combat soldiers was 19 and 90 percent
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Because Vietnam government banned a lot of songs from the airwaves soldiers preferred to listen cassette tapes, either brought from home or purchased on leave. The tape players were small, battery operated, highly portable, and therefore easily carried into the field.

Rock music during this time period reflected on the Vietnam War, and since music helps define a situation,

music helped define the Vietnam War and how people despised the fact that we were involved. Lyrics of popular songs were used in the context of the war. Rock-and-roll substituted for lock and load, referring to the procedure for readying the M16 for firing or for switching the weapon from semiautomatic to automatic fire. Songs were written in protest to Vietnam. One song that protested the war was "Purple Haze," by Jimi Hendrix. The song is about a paratrooper, landing in the jungles to purple smoke (Hendrix).

During the Vietnam War there was a catch phrase, "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll." Having sex with anyone and everyone was acceptable during this time period. It was called “Free Sex.” The drugs were experimented with as well. Marijuana, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), Cocaine, and many other drugs were tried. Many people believed that The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," was perceived as a song describing LSD. Of course rock-and-roll
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