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Music in the 19th Century

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During the 1950s, society was all about tradition and "apple pie." However, during the sixties, a revolution was taking place. American society was conflicted. There was civil unrest, protests, and war. Also, the feminist and the Civil Rights movement had begun. Drugs, sex and rock n roll was the trademark during the 1960s. The music that came out of the era was was just as vast and widespread as the opinions and conflicts that Americans were experiencing n society, but the common thread was rebellion. Bob Dylan in his song, "The Times, They are a Changing" clearly was about the changes occuring in American culture. The switch from the conservative ideologies of the 50's to the rebellious nature of the sixties was reflected in this song. Dylan wrote, " Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'. http://eden.rutgers.edu/~knocon/425/drafts/final/dylan.html

Dylan's words basically reveal the conflict that was being experienced in society, as well as the American home; even between parents and children. The line, "Your sons and your daughters, Are beyond your command" taps into the most intimate of conflicts between family members of different generations. Although the genre of folk music was familiar to the older generation, the content and rebellious nature was not. Other folk style singers, such as, Janis Joplin The 1960s was also as the decade of “love, peace, and harmony.” Hippies created an ideology of peace, love, and freedom. They were known for their use of many drugs including LSD, acid, marijuana, and mushrooms. They wanted to use drugs to escape reality and explore an altered state of consciousness. However, most hippies were also big into expressing their protest against the war and the stop of nuclear weapons. There were...