Age of Aquarius: Rock in the late 1960s. “ Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In ” – The 5th Dimension (1969) Featured in the musical Hair. Counter-Culture in the Age of Aquarius. Kennedy’s America “on the edge of a New Frontier” Age of Aquarius (Dawning) Dominated by astrological sign of Aquarius
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“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” – The 5th Dimension (1969)
Featured in the musical Hair
“America I’ve given you all
and now I’m nothing.
I’m sick of your demands.”
CIA Man (1965)
Kingston Trio 1957
Three Jolly Coachmen
If I had a Hammer
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan in 1963
Baez’s cover of Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind”
Influenced by Guthrie (met in 1961)
Country Music (Dylan, Cash) & Blue Collar Rock (Springsteen)
“San Francisco Scene” – Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, CSN&Y, etc…
Hurt songs that reflected the pain of the under-class individual
Songs commented on social and political issues very deeply and poetically.
Born down in a dead man's town The first kick I took was when I hit the ground You end up like a dog that's been beat too much 'Til you spend half your life just covering up
I had a buddy at Khe Sahn Fighting off the Viet Cong They're still there, he's all gone He had a little girl in Saigon I got a picture of him in her arms
George Will - 1984
During the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, many counter-demonstrators played the song opposite anti-war protesters, which demonstrates continued misinterpretation of the song years after its initial recording.