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For many hundreds of years man has enjoyed and played music for various reasons meditation dancing rituals entertainment to express feelings to reflect on past events and to show what is happening in his world In the Twentieth Century music has been used for all of these but none have been so important to making this country what it its today as the music that has reflected on past events and that shows what is happening in the country at the time that it was written The 1930s was the first decade of the Twentieth Century in which the music of the time reflected what was happening in the world around it The Great Depression left its imprint on the music more than any other event of that time Most of the music of the 1930s offered relaxation to the battered soul Popular songs of the time brought the listener into the despair of the times apparent in songs such as Stardust Solitude and Blue Lovebirds Die Alone World War II brought along a new attitude in its music Songs of the WWII era showed split ideas about the war Some works made the American People aware of the dangers of democracy while most songs emphasized its blessings giving Americans a patriotic anti-Fascist attitude One popular song of the time was Earl Robinsons Ballad for Americans which emphasized the strongest support for the war at that time In the mid-1950s a new style of music known as Rock n Roll became prominent This music was a combination of all the popular styles of music that preceded it Three styles of rock RB rock country rock and pop rock were evident at this time Culturally white teenagers were the dominant members of society but the most popular form of rock was RB rock which was performed mostly by African-American males This caused social problems because many upper class white American males labeled RB rock as African
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