The 60's

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Certification: This is to certify that the following essay is my own work and that I have not received any unauthorized assistance with it. Signed: Michael Raymond, November 30, 2013.
“Write an essay interpreting how one rock group or singer's music reflected and/or influenced the 1960s.”
Living Dead: The Cultural Impact of the Grateful Dead
The decade of the 1960’s saw plenty of musicians become involved in the protest movement. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, among others, wrote of the injustices of American society. While the Beatles were singing “All You Need Is Love”, the Rolling Stones wrote about the “Street Fighting Man”. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sang about the Kent State shootings in “Ohio”. Country Joe McDonald encouraged the burning of draft cards while leading the “Fish Cheer”. However, the degree of influence each had on not just the 1960’s, but ensuing decades waned as burnout, family life, and lifestyle choices took their toll. The act whose music reflected and influenced not just the 60’s, but decades to come, was the Grateful Dead. The music of the Dead reflected the counterculture of the 1960’s, fostered a self-sustaining, traveling multicultural community, and delivered a message of peace and love for thirty years.
San Francisco was the center of the counterculture movement of the 1960’s. The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood attracted thousands of youths from across the country, looking to drop out of traditional society and build a new society. In the middle of this scene, living at 710 Ashbury, were the members of the Grateful Dead. The house band for Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests, the Dead provided the psychedelic soundtrack to the LSD fueled explorations of the Merry Pranksters. They “pioneered ‘acid rock’, with long pieces aimed at echoing drug induced states of mind” (Davidson, p. 831), gave the concertgoers the backdrop as attendees…...

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