English - Musical Evolution Essay

English - Musical Evolution Essay - Musical Evolution Does...

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Does music bring about change in an environment, or does the environment bring about change in music? Whichever influences the other, the evolution that music has undergone between the 1960’s and the 1990’s is remarkable. Music of the 1960’s focuses on the Civil Rights Movement and bringing about change in society. However, music of the 1990’s questions why society alienates people and what drives people to be violent and hurtful towards one another. Though both era’s involve society’s major problems, the music is driven by the problems each era had, and it helped increase the awareness of major problems in society. The Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s serves as a powerful cause for artists to write music for. Bob Dylan’s influence on the time can clearly be seen in his albums The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and The Times They Are a-Changin', where he featured songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changing.” In “The Times They Are A-Changing,” Dylan calls for people with legislative power to become involved in the movement, and to help the cause: “Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside And it is ragin'. It'll soon shake your windows
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Thomas during the Summer '07 term at Montgomery.

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