The Counterculture and Music of the 1960's

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1960-1969 was more than just a decade, it was a state of mind. The SIXTIES were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change: assassination, unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, civil rights, women's liberation, a controversial and devisive war in Vietnam, the first man landing on the moon, peace marches, World's Fairs, flower power, great TV & film, and sexual freedom.

Due to the baby boom between 1945 and 1955, over half the population was under 30 years old.To say these young people had a strong desire to change the world, would be an understatement. They began to revolt against society to make their statement to do away with the conservative beliefs of the adult world. Most of their demonstrations were peaceful, they merely wanted to be an example that they could live in their own society, and create their own social system. The most famous demonstration that was held was Woodstock. It took place in 1969, and lasted for 3 days. It was a living example that a large number of people could stay together for an extended period of time with peace and love in their hearts. The hippies, as they were called, were frequently known as the lost generation. They rejected traditional family values in order to have other arrangements based on love.

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Music

The styles of music were drastically different than past eras. Now that teenagers had money to spend on music, much of the music produced was directed towards them. The music reflected the new sexual permissiveness and drug trends. There was no ONE style of music that was most popular. There was a revival of folk music, African American artists were beginning to be played more, rock and roll continued to be mainstream, and Motown was born. The most popular music was by the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Supremes, the Everly Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sonny and Cher, the Who, and the Doors.

The Supremes

The Supremes

The Beatles

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Folk music didn't last too long because it failed to fulfill the need to dance or move. It was meant to listen to and people can only sit still for so long. Motown had the beat folk music was lacking. The popularity of it caused much productivity in the black music movement. They were famous for the harmonies and the well choreographed routines on stage. Some popular MoTown artists were Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Marvellettes, and The Temptations.

And of course you can't talk about music in the sixties without mentioning THE BEATLES. They were the first group to come over from Britain. They dominated the music charts for most of the decade.

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