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The Sixties was a time when corruption and cultural conflict were prominent in society One source states that it was also a decade that was defined by the civil rights movement the Vietnam War riots and assassinations This tumultuous decade is expressed through the music John Orman author of The Politics of Rock Music writes that Rock music reflects society Music is in Clive Daviss phrase a footnote to the events within society The origin of popular music in the sixties the Farber source states is undeniably African American Black innovators including Ray Charles Sam Cooke Jackie Wilson Aretha Franklin James Brown and BB King never gained the critical or commercial respect due to them White groups such as the Beatles Rolling Stones and the Young Rascals openly acknowledged their debt to the black music tradition but all reaped the benefits far beyond those available to black artists Many artists didnt just use black tradition in their music but they used great works by famous poets Jim Curtis author of Rock Eras observes that if we compare Paul Simons Fifty-Ninth Street Bridge Song Feeling Groovy to Robert Frosts Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening we see that Simon rewrote and reversed Frosts poem whose final quatrain goes The woods are lovely dark and deep But I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep In Simons version the crux of the song occurs in a couplet Ive got no deeds to do no promises to keep Im dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep In Frosts poem the persona has some hard travelling to do before he sleeps whereas Simons is ready to sleep now Simons persona did not ask for or make a covenant so he can do whatever he wants In the sixties hedonism had become the obligation as is shown in Paul Simons song One reference
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