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Impact of Music on American Culture
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The Turbulent '60s
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The Nifty '50s
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Music had a huge impact on American culture throughout the decades. From the twenties onto the nineties, music has impacted both the ideals of young generations throughout the years, but also the overall culture of the decade. It has changed clothings, styles, and even social groups. Music has been since the beginning of the modern American culture and has influenced its
by Austin Dunn
Throughout the years, American seen an immense transition of both music and culture. In each decade a new idea or concept further shaped America into what it is today. Music was one of the factors that shaped music. It had a huge impact on the culture, especially the younger crowd, which would carry on for years to come. The transition and new ideas of music in the 1920's, 1950's, and even up into the 1990's had an impact on American culture.
Thesis: The influences of the various musical movements of American history impacted American culture for generations upon generations of United States citizens and continue to influence the culture today.
The purpose of this project is to analyze and describe the various eras where music changed and impacted American culture. This project will look at the major musical eras such as the 1920's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's into modern day.
(Common Core I)
The Beginning of the Decade
The beginning of the 1960s saw a period of music culture that America has never experienced before. The popular music that was enjoyed by Americans came from a different country, It seemed that this was one of the first times that modern age music experienced a period of time where the music was not America's own musicians, but rather British musicians who were taken hold in American society (38).
Music Impact of the Decade
The 1960s was a time where America experienced a violent change of social changes. Two major events such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War were largely impacting the culture of America. However, the dramatic shifts in music were changing America as well (39).
The music industry backed one of the most well known protests in history, the protest of the Vietnam war (43). During this time, the folk music form the southern areas of the US were where protest music was at its strongest point (44). With the help of music, the 1960s was the first time period where a war was not supported by the majority of the population and did not recieve support for its efforts (45).
Culture Events: Woodstock
One of the best examples of how music impacted culture was the music festival knwonw as Woodstock. The popularity of the music at the time allowed for it to become one of the biggest gatherings of the youth generations in American history. Originally, all of the music festivals at the time were supposed to focus on peace, but an overwhelming majority of these events ended in ruin and thus ended the music of the 60s. Music it seems would impact society greatly in the 60s, but it would be music itself to cause its own cultural downfall in the 60s. This backlash of music culture would be seen by the shift of new forms of music into the 70s (47).
During the 60s, America experienced music not only from its own culture, but from Britain as well. For example, on of these groups was The Beatles were a well known group from Liverpool, Britain. The British had such an impact on this decade that it was called "The British Invasion" for the large amount of British artists (48).
During the 1960s the majority of the population was the youth generations who were listening to the protest music about things such as the Vietnam War. These protest songs fueled the rebellion movement for a lot of the younger people of the time. The overwhelming amount of protest songs and influence would eventually be shown by the lack of dislike for the war over in Vietnam (40).
During the 1960s, music was a way for many artists to speak up not only against the Vietnam war, but civil rights as well. This age, more than any other would see a clash between the values of the new versus the traditional values of American society (41). Singers like Bob Dylan used songs to demonstrate the unfairness of the mistreatment of African Americans during the decade (42).
Just how big music had an impact on this era was shown by the impact it had on the Vietnam war. American culture and the youth generations were severly impacted by the protest songs of the age and the lack of American support was one of the factors that made Vietnam an unsuccessful war for America (46).
Groups like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles largely impacted the culture of America. They created a certain style and look to the industry that would soon merge with American culture. Once this merging occured, the "subgenres" of the oncoming 1970s were created (49).
The Rolling Stones
The style of the British artists sparked further interest on the music industry once more and America would once again dominate the music industry when it reached the 1970s. The artists of this period were so influential that they were the key element to the music movement of the '70s and their looks were the model to many of the youth during the decade (50). (Common Core F)
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The era of the 1990s was the first reference to the modern music world that is known today. The nineties experienced a technological revolution that world change the way music is listened from records and cassetes, to cds and eventually mp3 players (65).
It's difficult to see how much the nineties truely affected the years afterward as it has only been a short while since they occured. Howevevr, events that happened during the nineties in the music scene would never leave the music and culture of America (66).
One of the only examples of how the nineties changed the culture of America was its influence on the technological age. Music during this period was very futuristic and was looking for the "electronic sounds" that were supposedly a sign of the future. The music of this decade fueled the desire for the future and enhanced the idea of the technology age that the nineties would later come to be called (67).