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Unformatted text preview: Jon Alquist ENGL 015 Eric Otto 5 October 2006 The Music of the Vietnam Era Throughout time, music has served many purposes. Music is created not only to entertain people, but also to spread personal opinions and ideas for everyone to hear. Music is everywhere: at home, in vehicles, and even in the work place. From bands with huge numbers of followers, to the man standing on the corner waiting for a kind passerby to toss a little change into his case, all musicians write music to spread their thoughts. Whether these thoughts are of peace and love, or blood soaked fields with Satan eating dead people, musical artists always seem to put them together to form songs. The Vietnam War and other major world events have helped to change the meaning of music forever. Music during the 1960’s Vietnam War era used musical creativity to create and support social movements and change how people voiced their opinions about violence, peace, and love. While the troops were still in Vietnam, many people believed the lies that politicians used to justify the war. As these troops started to come home, the truth slowly revealed itself. Not only did people realize that the United States was in the war for the wrong reasons, but also that the government knew there was almost no chance of success in the conflict. These realizations led to mass criticism of the war and U.S foreign policy. Music during this era “served as a rallying cry and a cause for action” (Anderson). Protest music one of the most common forms of voicing protest during this time period. The radio enabled protest to reach everyone in the nation and allowed the voices of many people such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan to Alquist spread the word of peace and protest the war. Thus began the so called “hippy movement.” This music turned nearly the entire country against the government’s decision to send troops to...
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