Music Of the 1960s

By: Alec Celis

Overview

The 1960s were an influential time in music. A much larger population of young people than years before provided movements like the Anti-War Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and the Women's Rights Movement to access a vast demographic of individuals looking for something to believe in, and something to make their parents angry. These new beliefs came out the most in music.


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Ed Sullivan & the Beatles, who will return to our show in Sept., 1965

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Folk

Folk music was encountering a huge revival in the 1960s with pioneers like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and many more. Folk music seemed to carry the most message and was the home to most politically motivated music.

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Folk Icons in the 1960s

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll music gained large popularity in the 1960s with it’s message of rebellion and peace. Rock & Roll quickly divided into categories like; Bubblegum Rock, light repetitive music targeted for teens; Psychedelic Rock which was meant to simulate or enhance the feeling of using hallucinogenic drugs like LSD; Surf Music which was popular because of the growing popularity of Surfing in SoCal; or British Rock from the famous British Invasion in which American Rock & Roll replicated by English artists gained large popularity.

Motown

Motown music blended pop and jazz. What made Motown’s success a feat was that the company did extremely well while being owned by an African-American person in a time where racism was everywhere. Motown took great strides in bringing African-Americans into popular media and breaking down racial barriers, no matter what race people of the 60s loved Motown musicians like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and many more.


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