Counterculture In The Doors

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In the words of E.B. Tylor, Culture is "that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society." Culture is a dominant human instrument for survival, but it is a fragile phenomenon. It is continually changing and as nations grow, so do their cultural disparities. A counterculture is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ significantly from those of conventional civilization, often in opposition to mainstream cultural society. Scholars hold opposing views as to the characteristics of "counterculture". Of course, "Mainstream" culture is also tricky to define, and in several ways becomes acknowledged and understood through contrast…show more content…
When oppositional forces reach critical mass, countercultures can trigger dramatic cultural changes.
The Doors The Doors were an American rock band that arose in the Los Angeles area in the mid-1960s at the emergence of the Counterculture movement. Best known for being a founding acid rock band that was unparalleled, they drew influence from many other genres. Jim Morrison, their lead singer, was one of the most iconic people of the Counterculture movement due to his often rebellious conduct and eccentricity. While historians have examined the intricacy and degree of the 1960s counterculture, their analysis of the popular culture that was closely linked to the persistent focus on “hippie” culture from San Francisco. The Doors chose to represent a different side of the experience. The band formulated an unorthodox brand of countercultural conflict that affirmed or discarded different aspects of the culture. They advocated “sex as a weapon,” while subtly abstaining from “psychedelia” and rejecting the more obvious rudiments of hippie culture. The band’s tremendous fame in the late sixties points to the wide appeal of their particular countercultural
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The musical setting of “the counterculture” was instead a comprehensive composite of diverse, overlapping subcultures, bound only by philosophies that challenged normative attitudes. Hippies were just one dominant subculture within the countercultural artistic milieu. The Doors represent another side of the resistance experience, a side mesmerized with self-expression, darkness and release, sex and death. Their songs heavily stressed on the notion of straying away from conformity and becoming more than just a number. It was only after they were transformed by use into something new that these separate but overlapping subcultures were later compressed in popular memory into a single “hippie” experience. In their music and lyrics, the Doors called upon their ideological provenance to explore a variety of “countercultural” themes. At the same time, promoters and journalists created an image of the band that was at times “psychedelic,” outrageous, radical, or ludicrous, depending on their stance. Over the course of their career, the band’s viewpoints on some of the key issues of the sixties

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