In the eyes of many folks the U.S. began a pointless war that claimed many innocent lives. Though the goal was to contain communism, the U.S. exerted far too much effort and resources for such a disappointing result. Before the anti-war movement picked up steam, artists would use their music to spread a message, in fact “Some of the first organized activities against the Vietnam War centered on the singing of songs at concerts, in clubs, and on campuses,” (Franklin 204). This trend would only grow as the war progressed and soon enough a full-fledge movement had emerged. One of the earlier protest songs of the era, Tom Paxton’s “Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation” directly targeted both Lyndon B. Johnson as well as the action going on overseas.
In times of unrest, music rises up as a form of opinion. Americans used music as one of the many ways to express their thoughts and feelings about the upheaval in the 1960s. Peace and Freedom songs were created to showcase the concerns and opinions Americans had on major issues, specifically the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. Music has always been a part of times of upheaval and war in America. “Yankee Doodle” kept spirits up during the Revolutionary War.
During the civil unrest of the 1960s, white supremacy was becoming increasingly visible and violent in response to the Civil Rights Movement. Director Harold Prince felt that if people continued to be indifferent toward the violence, it would only escalate exponentially, and that the public did not understand the gravity of the situation. So, he decided "to transform some stories of life in Berlin around 1930 into a cautionary tale for the United States in the 1960s" (Bush Jones 241). Although Cabaret is not explicitly about Nazism, and instead revolves around the personal lives of a select few, Nazism is always on the outskirts of the plot and so, ultimately, Cabaret is about how Nazism affects all the characters ' lives whether they realize it or not, it is scarily easy to misunderstand the extremity of the situation, and it is morally irresponsible to pretend it is not important. Not only did people accidentally let the Nazi party get too far in the 1930s, but now, in the 1960s, the American public was getting dangerously close to the same thing: it is hard to realize until afterward.
John Lewis had many ways to work for change; he protested non-violently and peacefully. At the end of his battle for civil rights, he had helped achieve civil rights, anti-segregation and voting laws for people of color. John Lewis also worked with his idol, Martin Luther King Jr., to make change for the people of America (biography). Lewis had many different ways to change America peacefully. He had a lot of marches and public demonstrations to show people the difference in treatment between blacks and whites.
Believe it or not, many of Sam’s most avid fans were white people, and Sam was afraid that if he wrote a protest song, he would lose those followers. In the end, Sam wanted to use his fame as a tool to change the world around him. One of his major influences while writing this song was Bob Dylan, another popular protest song writer during that time. Sam Cooke, when asked why Bob Dylan was such an inspiration, said “Why did a white man write a song like this before I did?” He said this because he realized that he should have written a song like this sooner, instead of worrying about his fame and reputation. (NPR Staff,
2. 2 Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. In 2008 after the victory of Barack Obama in the Presidential Elections, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen performed a song onstage called “This Land Is Your Land”. The song, written in 1940, was first called “God Bless America For Me” and even though it was not written specifically for the Civil Rights Movement, it was appropriated by it and became one of the many songs sung in sit ups and marches. Woody Guthrie’s story and his involvement with the Civil Rights Movements can be challenging to explain.
His mom and dad always played records, which made him more interested in it. (Buckley,2018) Elton also had a very interesting what led him to music, including his stage name. John was originally named Reginald Kenneth Dwight. He got his name from his old bandmates Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. He took the last name of one friend and the first name of another.
Many folk artists such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie heavily influenced the work of Mumford and Sons. An especially vital influencer to the band was Bob Dylan. Marcus Mumford has even said, “We wouldn’t be playing music at all if it wasn’t for Dylan”. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is viewed as one of folk music’s finest works because it highlights the influence Dylan brings to the world of folk and popular music. From a young age, Dylan had an interest in music and was driven by several entertainment icons such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Since the 1960s “We shall overcome,” continues to develop as it goes around the world. Stuart Stott’s author of we shall overcome explains within his book, why the song evolve around the world through different protest movements, Countries, in south Africa during apartheid and China during the 1988 Tiananmen square protests. This song represents both a song and a symbol of freedom and resistance to oppression, giving it a significant role within the civil rights movement and any movement worldwide. "Alabama" song composed by John Coltrane played a significant role in the movement, as it showed how injustice events pushed the civil rights movement to fight harder and quicker for their freedom. On September 15th 1963, four girls Addie Mae Collins 14, Carol Robertson 14, Cynthia Wesley 14 and Denise McNair 11, died from a bombing attacked planted by
Martin Luther King Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” this quote has a meaning in standing up for yourself as in for freedom , equal rights and justice. Martin Luther King Jr took one of the main roles in the Civil Rights Movement as in saying in the quote he used for Americans but different races all around the world. Martin Luther King inspired people to do things back then and now modern day just like he inspired the bus boycott in the Civil Rights Movement standing up for equal rights. Martin Luther King Jr Impacted a lot of people lives not just African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement gained attention and respect in most states.