By: Devin Oneal 5/5/2015
They were very patriotic
They believed in the institution of marriage
They believed in the American Dream
They believed conformity kept society ordered
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll".
The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era.
Drugs in the 60's and 70's
While marijuana was most popular, the mind-altering LSD or “acid” was increasing in use.
As drugs grew in popularity, newspapers & schools pointed out the increasing numbers of youth dying from drug overdoses
Music in the 60's and 70's
The folk, pop, & rock music of the 1960s also challenged mainstream values.
Bob Dylan’s folk songs, like The Times They Are A-Changin’, became anthems, promoting social justice.
The Beatles sang about a “Revolution” inspiring youth to change their world, while Joni Mitchell sang about preserving nature in Big Yellow Taxi
By late 60s, psychedelic rock was in vogue w/groups like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, & the Doors, Led Zeppelin heavy guitar & explicit sex & drug references
In ’69, these elements all came together at a farm in NY at the Woodstock festival. More than 500K people came together to camp out, take drugs, engage in free love, & listen to rock
The ’60s saw a revolution in the realm of human sexuality and the c-c was largely responsible for it.
Teens scoffed at their parents’ values & called them sexually repressed.
They called for “free love” or casual sex.
Medical advances, like the birth control pill, made sexual activity without fear of pregnancy easier.
Soon the country was seeing the effects of this “new freedom”- women went braless, movies showed sex b/t men and women, & songs made explicit references to sex
It should also be noted that the gay rights movement began as a result of this new freedom
There was also an incredible rise in STDs &, despite improved birth control, illegitimate children born