Essay about Counterculture Movement

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Between the years of 1955 and 1970 there were many different movements that changed the beliefs of all types of citizens. The early sixties brought upon racial segregation and discrimination of women. In addition, war was breaking out in Vietnam for the American people. The Counterculture era brought out a new way of life for many young adults. People began rejecting the normal means of society and breaking away from the standard way of life. There were many important events and interesting tactics brought out in the Counterculture Movement that allowed America to see a new side of its people. The Counterculture movement was an alternate way of living for many American citizens. People began leaving big cities to escape issues in the …show more content…
Musicians became more popular during the Counterculture era, and many new artists were born. A psychedelic form of rock was created when many new artists were open to showing their new types of music. The music was commonly based on new sexual trends and mind-altering drugs. This music, better known as psychedelic rock, was created around the less popular folk-rock and blues-rock. Additionally, music coming from England and all of Europe changed and formed the beliefs and values of a whole new generation. Woodstock is one of the more widely known events that happened during the Counterculture Era. During August 15-18, 1969, over 500,000 people came together on a 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York, to hear the music of a lifetime. Four men, by the names of Joel Rosenman, John Roberts, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfeld worked together to create and sponsor such a life-changing event. Thirty-two musical artists and bands performed their most popular songs over a four-day period. Bands like The Who, Jimi Henrix (The Gypsy Sun & Rainbow Band), Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Santana, Blood Sweat and Tears, and many more performed their new form of Rock music at the festival. Only 50,000 people were originally expected at the event, but it was soon learned that Woodstock would me much more popular. Ads were put all over magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Times Herald, and Rolling Stone. The New York Thruway was closed because the festival caused one of

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