Motown and the Civil Rights Movement Berry Gordy Jr. asked for a $800 loan from his family in order to open Motown Records in January 1959. Soon after Motown Records opened, it began shelling out hit after hit, single after single from popular black artists. Gordy tried other jobs before sticking to songwriting and opening Motown Records. Gordy was born in Detroit on November 28, 1929. He was the 7th of a big family of 8.
An album that was bootlegged numerous times, officially released eight years after the initial recordings, The Basement Tapes was critically acclaimed upon it’s release in 1975. It’s singer Bob Dylan is a legend. Born as Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, Bob Dylan was raised in a closely knit Jewish society. Being a leader in folk music during 1960s, Dylan produced some of his most famous songs that chronicled social unrest. He then transformed from folk music and released songs incorporating rock elements afterwards, which changed the classical divisions of popular music.
Benjamin did not only print the Pennsylvania Gazette he also contributed pieces under various aliases. The Pennsylvania Gazette soon became the most popular newspaper in all the colonies and printed the first political cartoon made by Benjamin himself. During the 1720’s and 30’s Benjamin Franklin was very social organizing Junto and joining the Masons. Franklin, in 1733, began publishing poor Richards’ almanac and many of his now famous quotes came from his alias Richard Saunders, such as "A penny saved is a penny earned" actually came from the almanac.
A fellow student introduced Chapman to his father, Charles Koppelman, co-owner of SBK Records. He assisted Chapman in signing a record deal with Elektra Records. Chapman’s self-titled debut album, released in 1988, received major commercial success. More than ten million copies were sold. Despite her large-scale popularity in an era in which MTV defined pop culture, Ellerine Diengdoh, professor of English Language and Literature, argues that Chapman “recreated the image of an artist isolated from the sexual imagery associated with music video entertainers popular in that era” (182).
Without Thomas Paine’s writings America may have never been able to start or finish their fight for freedom; Thomas Paine was an inspiration to many. Thomas Paine was a well educated man, he completed school in England and became a tax collector; a job he was fired from on two separate occasions. In fact his experience as a working man led to Paine’s first seditious writings, a paper written on behalf of the working men, fighting for better conditions and fair pay. Because Paine was so adamant on several topics and had such controversial beliefs, he became known to many households by the end of the eighteenth century. When Paine immigrated to the American colonies he staunchly support the continental army; he wrote several pieces supporting the fight for independence, one of the most popular being his pamphlet, Common Sense.
How did a man who died three decades ago influence America? Well, countless people may argue that his biggest influence was of the people of the Caribbean and his home country. Others may argue that his music was the only influence on Americans. However, Bob Marley had an endless amount of influence on Americans. His music affected pop culture, his moral and religious beliefs affected his audience, and his appreciation of marijuana has also affected many Americans, at least the ones who participate in smoking marijuana.
Fleetwood Mac was created in 1967 when Mick Fleetwood and John “Mac” McVie decided to create a British blues band. It was widely popular in Britain, but was less successful in the U.S. The band came out with a few hit singles, but hit a rough patch when they couldn’t be consistent on members. Fleetwood Mac endured 16 different members and several break-ups in the 40 years they were performing according to Biography. Eventually, McVie married singer Christine Perfect and hired Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to form the most iconic version of Fleetwood Mac.
Nearly 50 years after his assassination, Martin Luther King has become the international known face of the civil rights battle in America. Many people view him as the most influential and important activist of his time, and credit him with the positive changes that occurred during the movement. As a Baptist minister, King was particularly skilled at public speaking and preaching to his congregation was his first steps into campaigning for a non-violent approach to fighting segregation. These peaceful methods help further the movement, as most white people responded encouragingly to King’s request – a respect that the more violent groups, such as the Black Panthers, did not receive. Consequently, King’s status as a well-known figure in the civil
Marley’s father, Norval died in 1955. Bob Marley started his career as a musician with the Wailers in 1963. Bob Marley married his wife Rita Marley in February 1966, Rita was the one who introduced bob Marley to Rastafarianism. In 1969 Bob, and the other Wailers members had fully embraced Rastafarianism, which had a huge influence on bob Marley's music in particular
Still in 1968, Perry and the Upsetters released their first major hit, “People Funny Boy” (“Reggae Artists”). “People Funny Boy” was an unusually slow song for its time and became the first “real” reggae song. Other late ‘60’s hits the Upsetters had, all instrumentals, were “Clint Eastwood”, “Live Injection”, and “Return of Django,” which reached #5 on the UK’s top hits in 1969 and got them huge sales (“Lee “Scratch” Perry”). Along the way, they set up the new Reggae theme. As Perry’s fame grew, so did his bizarre behavior and sounds.
After returning from the war he understood quickly that there was a lack of affordable housing for the returning veterans which was created mainly due to baby boom. Levitt had experimented on different techniques of mass housing projects even before the war which was not a very much success. But after the war and in the middle of the affordable housing crisis, the assembly line construction method allowed the success of the Levittown concept. A lot of these techniques is believed to have come from William Levitt when he was in the Navy. “The assembly line construction method allowed Levittown to be constructed more efficiently than other developments at the time, with teams of specialized workers following each other from house to house to complete incremental steps in the construction.”
He also made statements towards Britain taxes and was sent to Quebec on a job from Congress. When he returned he was not in time to vote for independence but he did sign the declaration and while he signed Ben Franklin said outloud a remark about him losing all his money for signing. Ben Franklin was famous because he was not born into money but made his way up on his own. Another man named George Taylor had an even harder start when he came to america like a slave. He worked his way up and became the first to supply the Army with musket balls.
Many famous rapper at the time such as Big Daddy Kane took interest in him and told him to put his words to music. In 2006, he finally released an idle album called "Trap House" which contained the song "Icy", his very successful duet with another famous rapper, Young Jeezy. In May of 2005, his locally played debut single, "Black Tee", got him a huge contract with Big Cat Records. Even though they had slot of success with the song, Young Jeezy didn 't follow up their collaboration, and they got into arguments with another duet, because they didn 't want to give up the rights to it.