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"The Times They Are A-Changin'": The Music of Protest

Rosenstone, Robert A. (1969) "The Times They Are A-Changin'": The Music of Protest. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 382 . pp. 131-144. ISSN 0002-7162.

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Once a medium of vapid love lyrics, popular music in the 1960's has taken on a new seriousness. In the words of popular songs, young musicians have begun to express their alienation from and disdain for American institutions and mores. Part of this has taken the form of traditional attacks on war and intolerance. More significant, however, have been criticisms of the quality of life in an affluent society. In their music, youth have worried about such things as the impact of technology on man, the confused state of American sexual practices, and the repressive nature of supposedly democratic institutions. Affirming a strong faith in the freedom of the individual, song writers have turned their backs on pragmatic reality and have sought freedom in a transcendental exploration of man's internal reality. Part of this has been done with "mind-expanding drugs," and many songs have urged listeners on to the use of hallucinogens. For youth, music has come to serve the function of helping to define and codify the standards of their own subculture. And it has also put them in touch with more serious critiques of American life made by the intellectual community.

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Additional Information:© 1969 American Academy of Political and Social Science. The author would like to thank his student and assistant Michael Henery for his research help on this paper, and even more for his aid in bridging the generation gap.
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Official Citation:Rosenstone, Robert A.. “"the Times They Are A-changin'": The Music of Protest”. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 382 (1969): 131–144
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