Rock the War and Roll With the Protest
Music has been a big part of war and protest throughout history. From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam Conflict music has played an integral part in protest and morale during war times. Many songs throughout history have been popular during war times, songs such as “Yankee Doodle” during the Revolutionary War, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” during the Civil War, “Over There” during World War I and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” during World War II. . The Vietnam Conflict or War, as it was known, was one the biggest social issues of the 60s, along with the Civil Rights Movement and the impact that Rock and Roll and its artists had on the both were enormously popular and influential. This essay will delve into the many unique artists and music used for protest and morale during the 1960s portion of the Vietnam Conflict. In the 1960s Rock and Roll became a useful tool for the political counter-cultural movements. “Vietnam galvanized rockers against the dominant political establishment. Songs like “Eve of Destruction” (1965, Barry McGuire) and “Ohio” (1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) protested militarism and became antiwar anthems.” (Sharpe, 2010) Protest music dates back, in America, to at least the Civil War times with “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.” In the 1960s when the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam Conflict started, many artists used their music to help the anti-Vietnam movement as well as the Civil Rights movement. Bob Dylan wrote one of the earliest anti-Vietnam songs with “Blowing in the Wind” (1963 http://youtu.be/vWwgrjjIMXA). It was also performed by the trio Peter, Paul and Mary and became one of the most famous protest songs to come out of the 1960s. In his lyrics, “Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows; that too many people have died?” , Dylan is grieving and asking why so many have to sacrifice for peace and equality. With this song he was trying to focus...
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