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Anti-war Protest Music



The anti-war movement in the 60s is mostly remembered as teenagers protesting the Vietnam war and many, flat out refuseing to go
and follow the draft. What fueled the young adults' urge to protest were several other events going on at this time. The civil rights movement was going on at the time, and many people pushed for equailty. The Kent State shooting outraged many people; the National Guard shot into a crowd of unarmed student protesters. Four of them died and others were injured. This lead to many collage protests which closed many universities, Kent state stayed closed for five weeks. Neil Young wrote the song "Ohio" shortly after the shootings.

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, We're finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming, Four dead in Ohio. Gotta get down to it Soldiers are cutting us down Should have been done long ago. What if you knew her And found her dead on the ground How can you run when you know? These lyrics were very controversial because they mentioned the President in it. Many radio stations didn't play it because of that. There were also many other protest music artists. Some examples are, Peter Yarrow, Josh White, Bob Dylan, The Weavers, and Harry Belafonte. The songs they sang inspired many people including African Americans, who wanted to exercise their constitutional rights more than anything. One popular song by Pete Seeger was called "Bring em home". It was sung for the soldiers in Vietnam, and is now sung for the soldiers in Iraq.

Anti War Protest Music also really changed the minds of the youths in the sixties. The artists would play their music loudly, so that it would play into the minds of college kids and other children. It really changed the thoughts of people with the message that it sent. People were getting angry and protesting because they were just sitting back while the government lied about what was going on in Vietnam. This caused protests and full out riots to occur, and it dangered the lives of the citizens of the United States. The Protest music almost saved everyones' humanity that was listening to it. It was more the message than the music that was really meaningfull. It helped people to actually realize what was going on in the world. And it made them angry. It made them want to do something about it. It brought them into reality.

The era was about peace, although some protests turned violent, artists tried to convey these good vibes through their music, as well as their frustrations. One famous gathering of some anti-war artists was in 1969, Woodstock. Some artists that played at this massive festival were Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix. Over 500,000 people showed up to the farm in Bethel, New York. The concert was a symbol of peace and the youth movement. It was one of the biggest and most popular display of anti war protest music.

The thing that made people really mad was that they were getting drafted to Vietnam and weren't coming back. That's what really hit home for the citizens of the U.S. If it weren't for this music people would have gone insane. This music is a way to get out there feelings about the war to other people. It was revolutionary. The one artist that really brought people through these hard times was Bob Dylan. He really made a large impact on the protestring people. He was one of the most popular anti war music artists. One of his bests songs was blowing in the wind. Him, along with all of the other anti war artists really helped people get through the war in Vietnam.



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