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Song of the Counterculture Who is the most popular musical group/artist today? Billboard Top 100, May 2010: Eminem Usher B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris B.o.B. featuring Eminem and Haley Williams Rhianna Train Ke$sha Lady Antebellum

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who is the most popular musical group artist today
Who is the most popular musical group/artist today?
  • Billboard Top 100, May 2010:
    • Eminem
    • Usher
    • B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
    • Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
    • B.o.B. featuring Eminem and Haley Williams
    • Rhianna
    • Train
    • Ke$sha
    • Lady Antebellum

Will any of these artists be remembered as musically “important?” What does that mean?

the beat generation
The “Beat” Generation
  • Mid-1950s—early 1960s
  • rejection of materialism, conformity
  • interest in Eastern religion
  • Close alliance with poetry, jazz
  • “beatnik”
60s counterculture
60s Counterculture
  • Developed as outgrowth of 50s beat culture
  • Alternative culture, opposition to nuclear weapons, pro-environment, anti-war, pro-equality
  • Reaches full stature in response to U.S. intervention in Vietnam, around 1965
  • Appropriates rock music as cultural marker
  • “hippie”
1955 1 st rock and roll song bill haley and the comets rock around the clock
1955: 1st “rock and roll” song: Bill Haley and the Comets, Rock Around the Clock
  • Rock music derived from blues/black culture, late 1940s
  • Helps originate separate, identifiable “teen culture”
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Can popular music be important, historically? Can lyrical/musical content reflect or cause social changes?

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Get a computer. Start it up and log on.
  • Go to my website.
  • You can get the songs in one of three ways:
    • iPod.
    • Download from the website (“Songs of the Counterculture” link).
    • Get the songs from me and put them on your own thumb drive.
  • On my website, use the “Lyrics-Questions” documents to answer the questions for eight of the twelve songs.