Hippies; Anti-War

An important aspect of the hippies movement was the anti-war protest.  Many people were against the war, and this was shown in the music of many popular artists of the time, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Pete Seeger

Anti-war songs were very important to the hippy movement.

“Their songs exulted in a mood of limitless hope, of militant resistance to war and of expectant anticipation of a bright new day”(11).

Music had soared into a surreal, phychdelic stratosphere along with painting and the other arts-helped aloft by a dollop of marijuana and a wallop of post-thermonuclear angst. Lyrics  held hidden meanings like  “puff the magic dragon” (refering to weed).

Here are some popular songs about the Vietnam War:

“Daniel”   – Elton John  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB7gskqXFgw

“For What It’s Worth”  –   Buffalo Springfield      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIoKr9VDg3A

“What are you fighting for?”     –   Phil Ochs     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N93OCCBXGXc

“Revolution”         –        The Beatles      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrkwgTBrW78

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