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Rock n Roll War Fan blades of a Huey rotating slowly above a troubled dreamer Jim Morrisons voice singing The End Young soldiers on their way to Vietnam in the summer of Woodstock marching onboard their plane at Ft Dix singing Fixing to Die Cassette rock nroll in one ear and door-gun fire in the other Crouched in a rice paddy while Jimi Hendrix idiosyncratic guitar style blares from an Akai stereo held in the hand of a soldier who uses his other to feed an ammunition belt through the breech of a roaring M-60 Three million young people in the streets of America demonstrating against the war with the urgent nasal whine of Bob Dylans voice ringing in their heads The Vietnam War era had a true rock n roll soundtrack For the first time in American history music became a powerful political tool for an entire generation The musicians of the 1960s took what they loved and performed it on experimental instruments and new equipment They wrote and sang about what was on their minds and what was important to their generation sex drugs love revolution and an unpopular war in Vietnam They did it all with the passion of living their lives day by day as they fought the strangling death grip of the establishment Archer 90 As Bob Dylan put it living through the sixties was like seeing a UFO It was the decade of civil rights tragic assassinations flower children unforgettable fashion protest marches and the first moon landing At home the clash of tradition and upheavel violence and dreams created a portrait of a nation torn asunder Changes occurred in nearly every aspect of society as traditional values were rejected by a new counterculture The revolt of youth was mirrored by a dramatic revolution in the music they listened to The era saw a rise primarily in rock n roll with its sexual and drug overtones
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