USA vs the Viet-Song: Music’s Effect on the Protest Movements of the 1960’s

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read this article about a time line of the 60’s so you can better understand the impact that the music had and time line it followed. http://www.pbs.org/opb/thesixties/timeline/timeline_flash.html

Music has the power to influence our lives in so many ways.  The way we dress, talk, and interact with people are all influenced in some way by the music we listen too (Chiacchieri).  In the 1960’s music influenced much more.  Music was able to influence politics and start a youth movement on a scale that has never been seen before.  Music was able to spread the ideas of and unite large groups together under a common goal.  and for most of the decade it was focused on the anti-war efforts.

Music has the power to influence our lives in so many ways.  The way we dress, talk, and interact with people are all influenced in some way by the music we listen too (Chiacchieri).  In the 1960’s music influenced much more.  Music was able to influence politics and start a youth movement on a scale that has never been seen before.  Music was able to spread the ideas of and unite large groups together under a common goal.  and for most of the decade it was focused on the anti-war efforts.

The mid to late sixties was chronicled by protests in response to the Vietnam war.  Music was the unifying and driving factor of these protests (Rodnitzky).  Music acted as a way to get ideas across to a large group of people.  

Music was a way to tell the story of events that happened regarding the movement.  Neil young did this for his song “Ohio.”  it was about the Kent state shooting at its surface, but delve a little deeper and you would see that it also has a message of government oppression (Lynskey).

 As the music got more and more aggressive so did the protests.  this was a result of the more aggressive protesters responding to the music.  

this is a podcast I did covering the music in more detail as well as a part of an interview I conducted with people who where at kent state at the time.

 

As you can see kent state was consumed by music and so were most colleges in America at the time.  

Music was able to completely change social order because it gave people something to act on.  People can materialize their feelings through music (edmundson).  Music provides them outlet to feelings they have inside.  The only thing is that once these young students accessed their feelings they acted on them in the form of protest.  

here or some tweets i found regarding protest music…

“Music a powerful ally in Mandela-led revolution: Political movements often have their protest music” (Now Playing LOUD)

“I heard a lot of old sixties protest music being played… New faces, new weapons, new tactics, but same ole same ole at the core” (Screamin’ Metal)

and here is one more song that i think sums up the war movement perfectly 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30W3iRL48gQ

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