Midterm - Section 2

Midterm - Section 2 - Section 2: Long essay (50%) The...

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Section 2 : Long essay (50%) The American counter-culture of the 1960’s was enlightening and universally renowned epoch of art, politics, and music. The controversial nature of the societal upheavals provoked by Vietnam War, coupled with The New Left and Civil Rights Movement, produced a generation that contested conventionality and embraced a radical libertine philosophy. Hunter S. Thompson, the pioneer of gonzo-journalism, described the focal point of this social revolution eloquently, “San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of… There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning…We were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave…” (Thompson: 1971) The naivety of this sentiment encapsulates the mentality of the era in its entirety; a culture that strived to change the world with art and music. The art and music of the 1960’s counter-culture exemplified this notion of democratic value and cultural experience. Ron Eyerman and Andrew Jamison assess the politics of American popular culture and social movements in their collective work, Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century. In the third chapter of the book, titled “Making an alternative popular culture: from populism to the popular front”, Eyerman and Jamison argue that “American music, and the cultural expression in general, has been strongly colored by the democratic values and the ‘exceptional’ political and cultural experiences that
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