The Fascination with Rock Music in The 1960s

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Throughout the 1960’s, popular music empowered youth and emphasized this portion of the population as a whole. As the cold war comes to an end in history, society’s unnerve, especially among the newer generations, assembled ideas in order to create a certain understanding of their desires. However, unlike most of social uprisings in the past where demands were normally written through official documentation, in the sixties, rebellion is introduced in a lyrical manner through Rock Music. The fascination with this type of music reflects the controversy in times of war regarding race, gender, and social class. The propositions that the lyrics in Rock Music request, influence society to the day, as these involved uncompromisingly but…show more content…
enunciated his “I have a Dream” speech. The songs “envisioned a tolerant society, racially integrated, where different cultures were respected” (Eyerman and Jamison). It was songs like Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind,” that portrayed this utopian desire and questioned the arrival of such achievement:
How many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Later on, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated James Brown gave a concert in Boston which helped preventing the riots in the city and proclaimed his manifesto regarding racial differences through his song: “Say It Loud -- I’m Black and I’m Proud” (Shumway). His song was adopted by the black-power movement making it their anthem and a motivational quote to keep fighting for their rights. Music is “a glue that help[s] young people together,” concerts such as the Woodstock festival, also known as “three days of peace and music,” (Shumway) demonstrates the success that lyrics in rock music like Bob Dylan’s achieved. Young people have had a certain connection among themselves throughout time, and in the sixties they were able to unite in this events to fight verbally for their demands, creating this “power of generation” that Dylan once mentioned in his songs. Although rock music did achieve stressing the government for a change and unity in society, it also brought drugs along the way. People
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