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Old 03-12-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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60's, 70's, and 80's...

I got a view on the 60's, 70's and 80's generations from a teacher of my... I thought it was interesting, check it out for yourself.


"As far as those biblical allusions, those were ones off the top of my head. Sometimes, ill dig deeper into the vault and come up with perhaps better, if not more obscure material.

It was actually very interesting covering the 60's, 70's and 80's.I checked the dates on album releases and it was fascinating the narrative that was weaved. Of course, the 60's began as a reaction to the 50's-- The british invasion, the countercult, flower power, looser morals (sex and drugs), the assasinations, and then there was Vietnam. If one is looking for a demarcation line in music (such as 60's music vs 70's), the war seemed to be the boundary in rock at that time. The last american left in 73 and postwar music turned introspective, perhaps isolationist, which gave rise to the singer/songwriter music of the 70's(James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell etc.) Their music while not as global, focused on the individual vs society as opposed to the solidarity of 60's movements vs society. With this individualization, the drug movement took a turn towards the burned out, lost druggie (Glitter Rock, Lou Reed, Bowie) and the vagabond disenfranchised hippie (Truckin') It is easy to see why Sprinsteen became such a hit, with his exhuberance speaking to a new generation of Americans(76). His exhilaration mirrors The Beatles refreshing spirit so necessary after the murder of JFK. However, in the mid to late 70's, a different culture in American arose--The Disco Era. Yet their music wasnt all about happiness and dancing (as opposed to the 30's, 40's and 50's dance music). Staylin Alive tells a darker side of disco, cocaine set.
Reganomics came on the scene in the early 80's and it was interesting to see its tale told via music. The isolationism of the 70's gave way to a paranoia in the 80's (it's not good to stay in one's head too long). There was still the dance music set vs. the rise of New Wave and these two often merged. While the club set danced to Blondie, Elvis Costello and The Clash paid homage to the Sex Pistols with their version of "this world sucks". New Wave paranoia emerged with the Talking Heads classic Psycho Killer as well as others (I dont like Mondays by the Boomstown Rats). Darker imagery of the self turned bad was portrayed in the Police's music such as Dont Stand so close to me, Every Breath You Take etc.) it was sad to see the shift in the mood and tone of the 80's music vs 60's, but the progression (degression?) was very logical based on the political/economic shifts. One could always count on the kinks for social commentary and their rather obscuse album, Low Budget (with songs documenting the gas crisis then-- A Gallon of Gas) told the story of the effect of Regonomics on western culture. Though everyone was cocaine crazed in the dance clubs, the individual woke up broke, paranoid, and their aftermath... being alone. Singersongerwriters began reflecting on Vietnam (Springteen's Back in the USA) as well as the deline of American cities (Atlantic City by the Boss, Allentown by Billy Joel) and it was plain to see why what was once a potsmoking youth of hope and solidarity in 1967 (Scot MacKenzie's "You'll find gentle people there" in San Fran) turned to a buned out, coke snorting culture who turned to satisfy their inward need to only make money. The politicans must surely be satisified when the masses turn the economic slaves by dave and consumer junkies by night."


I thought he had a look towards the 60's, 70's and 80's... what do you think?
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Old 03-13-2005, 10:32 AM   #2
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and your point is what exactly? this text is full of errors and
misunderstandings, but really....

'the clash paid homage to the sex pistols'?!!!!

get the f**k outta here!!!
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:18 PM   #3
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my favourite:

"It is easy to see why Sprinsteen became such a hit"
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:51 AM   #4
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what about the kinks obscuse album that apparently
was one of the most important of the eighties.
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:02 PM   #5
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i missed the entire period! ( i was cocaine crazed in the dance clubs ... )
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well, it's no fun being an economic slave by dave
i can assure you!
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:28 PM   #7
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vagabond disenfranchised hippie!
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Old 03-15-2005, 04:11 PM   #8
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what about 'stayin alive' telling the darker side?

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around
since I was born.
And now it's all right. It's OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
the New York Times' effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

Well now, I get low and I get high,
and if I can't get either, I really try.
Got the wings of heaven on my shoes.
I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose.
You know it's all right. It's OK.
I'll live to see another day.
We can try to understand
the New York Times' effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah.
Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah. Stayin' alive.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm,
I've been kicked around since I was born.
And now it's all right. It's OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
the New York Times' effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah.
Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me, yeah.
I'm stayin' alive.

- Deep man!
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