Topics: Vietnam War, United States, 1960s Pages: 3 (1026 words) Published: March 17, 2013
Kristy Breitling-MUS 222
March 17th, 2013

Who has not heard of Woodstock or psychedelic music? What is it you think of when you hear of these? Free love, hippies, peace, and drugs. Well this was the end of the 60’s an era where musicians believed drugs gave them the ability to make their songs and how they sounded. This era came right after an era of civil rights movement, war and the world in an uneasy place for the population. In the First World, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop music, Swing music, R&B, Blues, Country music and Rockabilly dominated and defined the decade's music. These different types of music were simply different from the 1960’s. A new era had evolved with our music.

Music has consistently been influenced by the trends of its time; reflecting the politics, economics, and life styles which exist. The baby boomer generation lived during a time when war had a powerful impact on everyone's life. Demonstrations, organizations, speeches, freedom chants, and drugs helped ease the pain of knowing that our American brothers and sisters were losing their lives in the fight at Vietnam. Drugs became, perhaps, one of the most influential variables apparent in the music of the 60s. In the early 1960s a band by the name of the Byrds and guys like Dylan changed the way many people looked at music. These bands started an underground wave that flowed throughout the 60s; this became known as the "Psychedelic Era." This era introduced drugs to be an important aspect involved in the creation of the music, and was used by the listeners to enhance their experience. Bands such as the Byrds and Grateful Dead started experimenting with such drugs as LSD, maurijana, and acid. They believed that drugs could help them create music that would blow the music of the 50s away, and it did!

Popular music of the United States in the 1960s became innately tied up into causes, opposing certain ideas, influenced by the sexual revolution, feminism, Black Power and...
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