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Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin's Social Impact

To what extent did the lyrics of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin support and affect opinions in society?

Kiara Oliver

on 11 December 2012

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Images from Shutterstock.com Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the 1970s To what extent did the lyrics of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin support and affect opinions on drug usage, war, and environmentalism in Western civilization during the 1970’s? Why Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd? Two of the most influential rock bands at the time
Led Zeppelin began in 1968
built from the influence of the African American community.
Pink Floyd made rock more conceptual and mind-provoking
Because they were so controversial in their ways, the younger, more rebellious generation liked them.
influential to their listeners Drug Usage the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, defined what characteristics of the drugs that needed to be controlled, being:
1) Pharmacologic actions
2) other scientific knowledge about it and related drugs
3) risk to public health
4) dependence (psychic or physiologic) potential
5) whether the drug was a pre-cursor for other drugs listed.*Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine excluded. Why the 1970s? time of change.
technological advances,
civil progressions
the liberation of adolescent behavior
conflict between the government and the masses. . Rock music was new to the century and, when the time came to make statements, just as powerful as the people who were influenced by it. "Despite worsening internal divisions and a flagging movement, 500,000 people demonstrated against the war in Washington in April 1971. Vietnam Veterans Against the War also staged protests, and other demonstrators engaged in mass civil disobedience, prompting 12,000 arrests. The former Pentagon aide Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. Meanwhile, the morale and discipline of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam was deteriorating seriously: drug abuse was rampant, combat refusals and racial strife were mounting, and some soldiers were even murdering their own officers.With U.S. troops coming home, the antiwar movement gradually declined between 1971 and 1975. The many remaining activists protested continued U.S. bombing, the plight of South Vietnamese political prisoners, and U.S. funding of the war." War Two of the most influential rock bands at the time were Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Both bands followed up the Beatles in the “British Invasion” of pop culture. Given that they had been a part of a cultural revolution, in a way, they were given the respect needed to influence a generation . From 1975 to 1979, the use of marijuana rose from 47.3% to 60.3%. Between the year 1975 and 1979, the use of LSD was a little over six percent. Gallup Poll of drug usage Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb"
Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"
Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" The peak of heroin use was reported in between the years off 1970 and 1973. Environmentalism Earth Day was declared an American holiday on 4/22/1970 Pink Floyd's "Mother
Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way"
Pink Floyd's "Dogs"
Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky" Sources Barrow, Jr., Mark. "The Flowering of American Environmentalism (ca. 1970)." Department of History. Vt.edu. Web. 24 June 2011. <http://www.history.vt.edu/Barrow/Hist2104/outlines/1970s-long.html>.Barringer, Mark. "The Anti-War Movement in the United States." Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. Illinois.edu, 1999. Web. 23 June 2011. <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/antiwar.html>.Harrison, Lana D., Michael Backenheimer and James A. Inciardi (1995), Cannabis use in the United States: Implications for policy. In: Peter Cohen & Arjan Sas (Eds)(1996), Cannabisbeleid in Duitsland, Frankrijk en de Verenigde Staten. Amsterdam, Centrum voor Drugsonderzoek, Universiteit van Amsterdam. pp. 206-230.Strang, John, Paul Griffiths, Beverly Powis, and Michael Gossop. First Use of Heroin: Changes in Route over Time 304 (1992): 1222-223. Bmj.com. Web. 06 July 2011. <http://www.bmj.com/content/304/6836/1222.full.pdf>.Tristam, Pierce. "Kashmir - What Is Kashmir - Pakistan India and the Conflict Over Kashmir." Middle East News and Issues from About.com. About.com. Web. 22 June 2011. <http://middleeast.about.com/od/pakistan/g/kashmir-glossary.htm>.UMM Students. "History of Drug Laws." University of Minnesota Morris. Www.morris.umn.edu, 23 Aug. 2008. Web. 22 June 2011. <http://www.morris.umn.edu/~ratliffj/psy1081/drug_laws.htm>.
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