U.S American History
Tracy S. Uebelhor
Teens; Forever Hormonal or Drastically Different?
To some people, teenage life in the 60’s is poles apart from a teenager’s lifestyle now, drastic changes such as the prices of meals and movie tickets do exist. However, this is entirely separate lifestyle is not always so separate. 72-year-old Joyce Mohler grew up in Boonville, Indiana. She recounted her teenage years in the mid-60’s, when America was dominated by various English influences and Elvis Presley.
Currently, teenagers and young people around the country tap their feet and dance to energetic rap and hip-pop, which often contain explicit lyrics. Many of them also enjoy swaying their bodies to the pretty melodies of pop and country songs. Some of the favorite artists chosen by teenagers nowadays include Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Justin Beiber.
But in the 1960’s, the popular music was different. Rock-and-roll bands that originated from England such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who were influential back then. In fact, according to Joyce, they absolutely “dominated the 60’s”. Compared to now, rap and pop music has the same powerful impact on teenagers in the 21st century the same way rock influenced teenagers in the 60’s. At that time, The Beatles’ mania swept through the nation, and many people, male and female, became crazed fans. A lot of teenagers absolutely worshipped The Beatles as their idols. Mohler recalled that every single one of her girlfriend’s was in love with Ringo Starr of The Beatles. In addition to these iconic rock bands, Joyce also listened to musical artists such as Elvis Presley, who was and is still remembered today as a classic American artist but she emphasized the fact that The Beatles were “the biggest thing at that particular era” when they came to the U.S. in 1964. Now, many teenagers keep themselves entertained by watching TV, surfing the Internet, playing video and computer...