The 60's

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Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll are echoed in the sixties. A time when men and woman fought for equal rights among others a time of rebellion can still be heard from what some call a, "psychedelic past." This is a time when freedom and justice reigned through the minds of all those with the movement; a movement whose most prominent voice was music, protest, and social appearance.

Rock music became the most important voice for showing and fueling the new "hippie" movement, and the style that emerged with the brilliant, swirling colors and hallucinogenic imagery was called psychedelic. Bob Dylan showed how meaningful songs with psychedelic imagery could be together with popular music. Though he was one of the few artists who did not jump on the psychedelic bandwagon, his then titanic efforts inspired a number of bands that did. The first psychedelic band came from San Francisco: the Grateful Dead; but it was not long before the movement spread to musical groups in New York and England.

The civil rights Movement and the war in Vietnam were the two great fuels for social protest in the sixties. Since the end of the Civil War many organizations had been created to promote the 2 goals of racial justice and equality in America, but progress was sadly slow. It was not until the sixties that a hundred years of effort would begin to show the attention necessary to prove even a small change. There was little thought on how to promote equality in the nation. The Movement advocated violence and a separation of the races, or segregation.

There were numerous marches, rallies, strikes, riots, and violent situations with the police. Violence would take the lives of young and old. Restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, public facilities, and the school systems were...