The Social Change of Music

  • WWII's affect on 1950's Music

    WWII's affect on 1950's Music
    Following the detrimental effects of World War II, the United States was about to embark on a musical journey that would change the face of music. World War II songs focused on romance and strength instead of propaganda, morale, and patriotism.
  • Rhythm & Blues

    Rhythm & Blues
    In 1949 the term "Blues and Rythm" was changed to "Rythm and Blues"
  • First DJ to play Rock and Roll

    First DJ to play Rock and Roll
    Cleveland DJ Alan Freed was the first to play this new music-he called it "Rock n Roll"
  • Elvis

    Although there is no exact date or time that history tells us
    is the birth of rock n’ roll, July 5, 1954 in the studio of Sun Records changed music forever. Rock n’ roll had been “brewing for years, but its defining moment was Elvis.” On July 30th in 1954, 19-year old Elvis Presley appeared in concert for the first time at the Overton Park Orchestra Shell in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis is the most significant figure in rock and roll history by completely revolutioning music.
  • Civil Rights Movement-anthem song

    Civil Rights Movement-anthem song
    Pete Seeger-We Shall Overcome
    Although the Civil Rights movements was 1955-1968, the song "We Shall Overcome" by Pete Seeger, became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1967-Greatest year of Rock 'n' Roll

    1967-Greatest year of Rock 'n' Roll
    1967 brought to our attention such phenomenal artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, The Doors and The Moody Blues. The psychedelic San Francisco sound and the spread of LSD opened minds everywhere to new possibilities. Concept albums like Sgt. Pepper had us leaving our turntables on 33 instead of 45. Then there was the Summer of Love....To be alive and part of this scene was something very special. It forever the face of music, society and our lives.
  • Anti-Vietnam songs

    Anti-Vietnam songs
    American troops were being sent to Vietnam with very little progress made, anti-war movement began to gain steam in the mid-sixties to late sixties and protest music accompanied it. This song "War" by Edwin Starr, most popular protest songs ever recorded.
  • Woodstock

    The grooviest event in music history–the Woodstock Music Festival–draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll in upstate New York.
  • The Disco Movement

    The Disco Movement
    70s created a trend of relaxing music as well as dance music. People were tired of the fighting that happened the previous decade and many of them sought a refuge in dance clubs to enjoy a good time. Out of this idea emerged the Disco movement.