1960s Protest Music

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The 1960’s was one of the most debated decades in American history and outbreaks of protests involving civil and social conditions. However, during the 1960’s, America saw a rise in protest music, which responded to the social confusion of that time, from the civil rights movement to the war in Vietnam. A genuine group of musicians, such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan sang their songs to encourage union organizers to protest the discriminations of their time, creating a diverse variety of popular protest music, which has reached out to the youthful generations everywhere challenging for a revolutionary change. WHAT IS PROTEST MUSIC? Source 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protest_songs_in_the_United_States defines protest music…show more content…
Despite the gravity of their subject matter, many protest songs shared a common element in humour. “People go out to be entertained; the ‘hit 'em over the head with woes’ type of song turns people off,” explained Phil Ochs’ sister Sonny, “If you make them laugh, they enjoy the entertainment, but then when they go home, they realize that they've been given a strong point of view on a serious subject”. Music and singing played a grave role in inspiring, mobilizing, and giving voice to the civil rights movement. As stated in source 2 ‘‘The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle,’’ said Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Albany Movement”. They give the people a sense of unity and new courage. They keep the faith alive, a joyful hope, in the distant future, particularly in our most trying hours. The 1960s was a productive time for the category of protest music, especially with escalation of the War in Vietnam, the rise of the Civil Rights and the dominance of counterculture

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