Music In Protest Essay

2722 words - 11 pages

Music has been around for thousands of years. Music has progressed since that time and has slowly become what it is today. Though music has been around for such a long time, protest music just started to develop in the Vietnam Era, the year 1954. The war started the era of protest which, in turn, created a new form of music which incorporated a specific type of lyric that was a way of expressing protest through the song. Since music in this era was already a big thing, artists thought it would be a good idea to get their political viewpoints out there. They did it through something that affected everybody in that time and space. The artists view spread quickly through the country because of ...view middle of the document...

In fact, music is something that almost every human being in the world likes. The style of music changes throughout each person but the core of music is similar in everybody. Music is something that brings everybody together and using it as a way of protest, for necessary reasons, is a great idea compared to the other forms of protest such as picketing, rioting, etc. picketing and rioting are forms of violence in most cases that they are used. In Tibet March 8, 2010, the protests in Tibet turned violent killing ten (10 Dead In…). Tragedies like this are caused when a mass of people are pressured into one place in an angry state of mind. Protestors are angry and are in this section to show their anger toward a set of people. They may also be aiming their anger toward something that is not in the protestor’s best interest. That is not the case when it comes to protesting using music. Acting too rowdy at a concert will get you thrown out (depending on the band playing). At concerts, people may be protesting something using the music. The artist creates this type of music and plays what we call a ‘Protest Song’ (Protest Music…). These songs are named for their purpose. They were written to protest certain subject such as the Vietnam War (Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth), the nuclear crisis (Metallica – Blackened), or even the war in Iraq and Afghanistan (Pearl Jam – World Wide Suicide). These songs were made for protesting, but never have these songs caused riots or anything violent. They send out a message that people listen to and support, but in a nonviolent way.

Protesting music has been around for a good amount of time, as early as 1776 with the introduction of the song The Cutty Wren from a book called “Herd’s ‘Scots Songs’”. This is an old English folk song that was originated, some say, to protest the lack of stability in the lowest social classes of England at the time. The lyrics show this with lines such as:

‘Oh who’ll get the spare ribs said Milder to Moulder
Oh we may not tell you said Festel to Fose
We’ll give ‘em all to the poor said John the Red Nose
We’ll give ‘em all to the poor said John the Red Nose’ (The Cutty Wren).

As seen in the lyrics of ‘The Cutty Wren’, protest music has been around since that early time in history. Since that time, protest music has been used but in the 1960’s when the Vietnam War was starting, this section of music exploded. There were many artists with music that was made specifically to protest such as Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, etc. These artists had many songs of protest including ‘Seven O’clock News’ by Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Here We Are in the Years’ by Neil Young, and “Blowin’ in the Wind’ by Bob Dylan. The Vietnam War was a difficult time for the country. Many people did not support the war and there were hundreds of protests. The most notable protests included the first ‘March to Washington’. This march included twenty...

Other Essays Like Music In Protest

Allen Ginsberg Essay

679 words - 3 pages Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 3, 1926. His father, Louis Ginsberg, was a published poet and a high school teacher. His mother, Naomi, was a radical Communist, paranoid, psychotic, and died in a mental institution in 1956. Ginsberg also had a brother who became a lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey. Ginsberg’s childhood was very complicated. Ginsberg’s mother only trusted him and thought that the rest of the

Rock and Roll Essay

785 words - 4 pages Rock n Roll In the 1950’s rock n roll became a dividing and unifying force, the impact of rock music was felt by the masses. Rock and Roll pitted the government, parents and the mass media against teenagers. At the same time rock and roll helped erode some of the social and political issues in America. The emergence and growth of rock n roll could be attributed to the events that took place in the 1950’s and 60’s in America (Azzam, 2007). Study

Contemporary Art

1980 words - 8 pages use it in our day to day living. Someone still imagines how. A high number of people worldwide do not realize how much important art is in their life and how much they rely on it in our daily life. Below is an example of beautiful artwork obtained in one of the art museums in San Francisco. Art and music Just like music, art is very important in our lives. It makes one’s heart so joyful and influences one’s mood. In the case of music, assume

Hakekat Musik

1833 words - 8 pages tersebut. Dalam On Aesthetic, Schopenhauer menulis, “Music is the true universal language which is understood everywhere, so that it is ceaselessly spoken in all countries and throughout all the centuries with great zeal and earnestness” Musik adalah bahasa universal. Beethoven meyakini bahwa musiknya bertutur dengan bahasa yang dapat dipahami oleh siapapun. Salah satu contoh ilustrasi yang ditunjukan di dalam film bagaimana musik menjadi

Gender in Music Videos

1658 words - 7 pages . Country music videos often show women as being accepting and dependent on men. In Old Dominion’s video Break up with Him, the leading lady is seen arguing with her boyfriend before attending a dance. She says that she doesn’t want to go upstairs to the dance, but when he grabs her arm and forces her up the staircase she doesn’t protest anymore. Her docile personality comes into play later when she and her boyfriend argue again and is only stopped

Rabindranath Tagore: a Renaissance Man

1058 words - 5 pages ,painter and a | |playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music. As author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he was the | |first non-European to win the Noble Prize for Literature. His poetry in translation was viewed as spiritual, and this together with his mesmerizing | |persona gave him a prophet-like aura in the west but his "elegant prose and magical poetry" still remains largely unknown

Police Misconduct. Is About The Debate Rather Police Abuse Their Power Or Not

1361 words - 6 pages downtown Cincinnati in protest. "Thomas is the 15th African-American male killed by Cincinnati police since 1995, the fourth since November" (Escalating Questions). The Federal Bureau of Investigation did further investigate to see if there were any civil rights violations being done.Amadou Diallo was an immigrant from Guiana West Africa. He had no criminal record when he was shot 19 times in front of his home in the Bronx of New York. The police

Using their Powers For Bad

671 words - 3 pages Over the years, there have been multiple occasions in which the entertainment industry has stuck it’s nose in places where it doesn’t belong. Instead doing their job of providing the general public with music, movies, and television shows that will amuse them, and divert them from their normal everyday life, people in Hollywood are using their status of high respect to influence others political views.      In August

Lunar Knot (1965 Vietnam War Draft)

554 words - 3 pages hunger for selfless sacrifice, cruelty, blood, and death sickens. It conjures up gunpowder, aerial bombs and keening screams. To serve and protect thy country is a worthy endeavor. Protest thy station for fear hath settled in thy limbs. Wars music is the beginning notes of my Funeral March. O ye of little faith: why do you doubt? What other choices do I have? On chilly nights, contemplation of evading vacant nemesis consumes

Some Rules of the Modern Olympics

522 words - 3 pages Black Ops EPIC FAIL!!! 16,468 views ChampChong Spotlight International News Spotlight * Thumbnail2:56Add toAdded to queue Deadly sectarian clashes erupt in Cairoby AlJazeeraEnglish4,592 views * Thumbnail1:57Add toAdded to queue New video sheds light on bin Laden compoundby AlJazeeraEnglish93,165 views * Thumbnail2:43Add toAdded to queue Pakistani groups protest against USby AlJazeeraEnglish8,967 views * Thumbnail2

Britain 1960s

2954 words - 12 pages History 1. Describe the popular culture in Britain in the beginning of the 1960’s. Popular culture in Britain in the early 1960s appeared in many shapes and forms. It paved the way for what became known as the Swinging 60s. Fashion, music, Television and film all contributed of the change in the era. Influences from the United States were apparent and aided in the change of culture of the time. Fashion was a new and exciting way to

Related Papers

Music Paper

3924 words - 16 pages traditional musical accompaniment to the folk dance. It is practised in (mainly) the state of Gujrat. Actually Dandiya is a kind of dance rather than a music, the music is called a Garba in local language. [edit] Ganasangeet Ganasangeet is generally sung in chorus carrying some social message.[1] The songs are usually about Freedom, community strength, patriotism. Due to the British occupation in India, a lot of protest songs about anti

Communications Essay

1502 words - 7 pages norm and the era of love and peace in the 1960’s, the 1970’s represented the waving of the white flag, so to speak. Long hair and drugs were no longer a protest and became a fashion statement in the 1970’s. The Vietnam War ended and a recession loomed over society creating individuals to look after themselves and get to work. Singer/songwriters, such as Carole King and Billy Joel introduced a new wave of pop music and became the most popular

Lenonard Bernstein Essay

1101 words - 5 pages an interest in the instrument, a neighbor offered to give him lessons, which lasted for about a year. After that year, Bernstein was no longer satisfied with his teacher, so he went out to find another one. He was referred to a teacher by the name of Miss Susan Williams and despite his father’s protest, this teaching relationship with Miss Williams lasted for two years. When Bernstein decided that he needed a more professional teacher

Music In Tibet Essay

4338 words - 18 pages western society. As an example, protest songs of the 1960’s and 1970’s were written as a way to convey a message that people were not happy with the way that the United States government was handling the situation in Vietnam. Similarly, in Tibet, music is still written there, but it has been given much less freedom since the communist Chinese government took over control of Tibet in 1959. Lobsang Santen, a Tibetan who has followed the Dalai Lama