History through Rock and Roll

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  • Billy Holiday releases "Strange Fruit"

    Billy Holiday releases "Strange Fruit"
    Southern trees bear strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
    The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
    Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
    Then the sudden smell of burning flesh. Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
    For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
    For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
    Here is a strange and bit
  • Feminine Mystique is published

    Feminine Mystique is published
    Betty Friedan's ground-breaking work The Feminine Mystique was published in 1963 after Friedan sent a questionnaire to other women in her 1942 Smith College graduating class. Friedan and her classmates all indicated a general dissatisfaction with their lives. This led Friedan to conduct more detailed research into "the problem that has no name"—the Feminine Mystique. She defined this "mystique" as the worthlessness women feel in roles that require them to be financi
  • Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me" reaches number 1

    Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me" reaches number 1
    You don't own me, I'm not just one of your many toys
    You don't own me, don't say I can't go with other boys And don't tell me what to do
    And don't tell me what to say
    And please, when I go out with you
    Don't put me on display, 'cause You don't own me, don't try to change me in any way
    You don't own me, don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay Oh, I don't tell you what to say
    I don't tell you what to do
    So just let me be myself
    That's all I ask of you I'm young and I love to be young
    I'm free
  • Jeffferson Airplane releases pyschedelic masterpiece "White Rabbit" which explores the hippie fascination with mind altering drugs

    Jeffferson Airplane releases pyschedelic masterpiece "White Rabbit" which explores the hippie fascination with mind altering drugs
    One pill makes you larger
    And one pill makes you small
    And the ones that mother gives you
    Don't do anything at all
    Go ask Alice
    When she's ten feet tall And if you go chasing rabbits
    And you know you're going to fall
    Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
    Has given you the call
    Call Alice
    When she was just small When men on the chessboard
    Get up and tell you where to go
    And you've just had some kind of mushroom
    And your mind is moving slow
    Go ask Alice
    I think she'll know When logic and propor
  • Johnny Cash performs at Folsum Prison in California. His most requested song is "John Henry's Hammer"

    Johnny Cash performs at Folsum Prison in California. His most requested song is "John Henry's Hammer"
    John Henry's Pappy woke him up one midnight
    He said before the sheriff comes I wanna tell you, said listen boy,
    Learn to hoist a jack, and learn to lay a track, learn to pick and shovel too, and take that hammer, it'll do anything you tell it to John Henry's mammy had about a dozen babies; John Henry's pappy broke jail a dozen times
    The babies all got sick and when the doctor wanted money, he said I’ll pay you a quarter at a time, startin’ tomorrow, that’s the pay for a steel driver on this lin
  • The same year as the Tet Offensive and the top year for the draft, Credence Clearwater Revival releases "Fortunate Son"

    The same year as the Tet Offensive and the top year for the draft, Credence Clearwater Revival releases "Fortunate Son"
    Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
    ooh, they're red, white and blue.
    And when the band plays "Hail To The Chief",
    oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord, It ain't me, it ain't me,
    I ain't no senator's son,
    It ain't me, it ain't me,
    I ain't no fortunate one, no, Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
    Lord, don't they help themselves? oh.
    But when the taxman come to the door,
    Lord, the house look a like a rummage sale, yes, It ain't me, it ain't me,
    I ain't no millionaire's son, no,
  • National Guard open fire on students protesting at Kent State

    National Guard open fire on students protesting at Kent State
    Three weeks later Crosby, Still, and Nash release "Ohio", which quickly rises to number 1.
    Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
    We're finally on our own.
    This summer I hear the drumming,
    Four dead in Ohio. Gotta get down to it
    Soldiers are cutting us down
    Should have been done long ago.
    What if you knew her
    And found her dead on the ground
    How can you run when you know? Gotta get down to it
    Soldiers are cutting us down
    Should have been done long ago.
    What if you knew her
    And found her dead on the g
  • John Lennon releases Imagine

    John Lennon releases Imagine
    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today... Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Shar
  • Bob Marley writes Redemption Song

    Bob Marley writes Redemption Song
    Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
    Sold I to the merchant ships,
    Minutes after they took I
    From the bottomless pit.
    But my hand was made strong
    By the hand of the Almighty.
    We forward in this generation
    Triumphantly.
    Won't you help to sing
    These songs of freedom?
    'Cause all I ever have:
    Redemption songs,
    Redemption songs. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
    None but ourselves can free our minds.
    Have no fear for atomic energy,
    'Cause none of them can stop the time.
    How long shall they kill ou
  • Reagan elected, promising to bring America back to its' conservative roots

    Reagan elected, promising to bring America back to its' conservative roots
  • Paranoia about nuclear war is at an all time high. "99 Red Balloons reaches #2 in the US"

    Paranoia about nuclear war is at an all time high. "99 Red Balloons reaches #2 in the US"
    You and I, and a little toy shop
    Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
    Set them free at the break of dawn
    'Til one by one, they were gone Back at base, bugs in the software
    Flash the message, "Some thing's out there"
    Floating in the summer sky
    Ninety-nine red balloons go by Ninety-nine red balloons
    Floating in the summer sky
    Panic lads, it's a red alert
    There's something here from somewhere else The war machine springs to life
    Opens up one eager eye
    Focusing it on the sky
    Ninety-nine
  • Public Enemy releases "Fight the Power" today considered one of the 100 best songs of all time

    Public Enemy releases "Fight the Power" today considered one of the 100 best songs of all time
    1989 the number another summer (get down)
    Sound of the funky drummer
    Music hittin' your heart cause I know you got sould
    (Brothers and sisters hey)
    Listen if you're missin' y'all
    Swingin' while I'm singin'
    Givin' whatcha gettin'
    Knowin' what I know
    While the Black bands sweatin'
    And the rhythm rhymes rollin'
    Got to give us what we want
    Gotta give us what we need
    Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
    We got to fight the powers that be
    Lemme hear you say
    Fight the power Chorus As the rhythm
  • Protests in Seattle against the WTO turn violent. For the first time in 30 years police are called out to subdue a crowd of protesters

    Protests in Seattle against the WTO turn violent. For the first time in 30 years police are called out to subdue a crowd of protesters
    Through the best of times,
    Through the worst of times,
    Through Nixon and through Bush,
    Do you remember '36?
    We went our seperate ways.
    You fought for Stalin.
    I fought for freedom.
    You believe in authority.
    I believe in myself.
    I'm a molotov cocktail.
    You're Dom Perignon.
    Baby, what's that confused look in your eyes?
    What I'm trying to say is that
    I burn down buildings
    While you sit on a shelf inside of them.
    You call the cops
    On the looters and piethrowers.
    They call it class war,
    I call it co-c