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Modern Protest Music: 1940's - 1970's

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Lara Balikci

on 11 June 2014

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Transcript of Modern Protest Music: 1940's - 1970's

For what it's worth-
Had to do with the Sunset strip curfew riots and the Vietnam War.
Modern Protest Music: 1960's
By Lara Balikci, Oliver Prose, and Juliette McGinnis

Civil Rights Movement
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963)
How did modern protest music from the 1960’s influence the political and social culture of that era?
Hippie Movement
America in the 1960's
What do you know about the 1960s?

What do you know about music from that time period?

high unemployment rates for African Americans
school integration
violence against civil rights activists
proposed civil rights bill

major civil rights groups
leaders from religious organizations
labor unions

250,000 people walked from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Hippie Artists: Woodstock
Most influential music festival
Promoted peace
“Three days of peace and music”
Very anti-war
Jimi Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner"
"War" by Edwin Starr
Mainly using music to protest war


Lasted from 1955-1975

North Vietnam-USSR, China, South Korea

South Vietnam- USA
First protests came in 1965 when the draft was increased.

Tearing up or burning your draft paper became a common occurrence and was one of the first forms of protest
To some, especially the young, America was sacrificing its male youth while also sanctioning the death of children in South Vietnam
The Music
John Lennon
Give Peace a Change
Bob Dylan
Blowing in the wind
For what it's worth
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fortunate Son
Mahalia Jackson:
"How I Got Over"
The Doors
The unknown soldier
Joe MacDonald
Mahalia Jackson
Blowing in the wind-
discusses the despair and uncertainty that came with the Vietnam War
active supporter of civil rights movement
friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (sang at his funeral)
one of the most revered gospel figures in the U.S.
The Unknown Soldier- Demonstrates the irony that when the Vietnam War ended, everyone celebrated but forgot about all of the soldiers that were lost
protest songs about the Vietnam War continued to grow in popularity and frequency. The youth were especially involved
Kent State Shootings
May 4th, 1970
-amplified sentiment that was portrayed by the United State's invasion of Cambodia and the Vietnam war in general
Bob Marley
Four killed and eight wounded
Began his career in 1962
1963 he and 5 other people created a band called The Wailers
Who would later be known as Bob Marley and The Wailers
Originally for Jamaica
Rastafarian (Halie Selassie I)
Protest war and fighting
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
Marian Anderson
Rise in Feminism
Jimi Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner"

Bay of Pigs Invasion (1961) – an unsuccessful attempt by a CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles to invade southern Cuba with support from US government armed forces
Youth-The sixties were the age of youth, as
70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults
first African American to:
be invited to perform at White House
perform as a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera
performed national anthem at President J.F.K.'s inauguration
Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Marian Anderson
Sunset Strip Curfew
Hippie Music
1,000 youthful demonstrators erupted in protest against the perceived repressive enforcement of these recently invoked curfew laws.
Psychedelic music
Used drugs and sex as large themes in their music
The teenage nation
The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane

denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color.
at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, performed at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939
How do you think protest music should be used today?
Due to its widespread utilization by artists and activists, modern protest music greatly influenced the political and social culture of the 1960's because the same messages used to protest Vietnam and for the Civil Rights Movement were successfully translated into lyricism.
"Get Up, Stand Up"

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Preacherman, don't tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don't know
What life is really worth.
It's not all that glitters is gold;
'Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. Come on!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Most people think,
Great God will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. Jah!
Get up, stand up! (Jah, Jah!)
Stand up for your rights! (Oh-hoo!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Don't give up the fight! (Life is your right!)
Get up, stand up! (So we can't give up the fight!)
Stand up for your rights! (Lord, Lord!)
Get up, stand up! (Keep on struggling on!)
Don't give up the fight! (Yeah!)

We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game -
Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name, Lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty God is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can't fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light (What you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (Yeah, yeah, yeah!)

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! (Don't give it up, don't give it up!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( ... )
Don't give up the fight! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( ... )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! [fadeout]

Reason for Hippie Involvement
Majority youth
The draft
Completely against war
At time of Vietnam War
The era of "speaking what's on your mind"
Music became about saying something
Not pleasing a crowd
Influenced by Bohemian and Beatnik movements
Breaking away from normality
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