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The 1960's - source related study

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Paul Cook 11L1 27th August 2004 Assignment 2 and 3: Analysing the Sixties What Can you learn from Source A about the impact of the Beatles in the 1960's? Source A states that in 1964, The Beatles were infamous, they were everything of the time. The country stood still if anything to do with The Beatles was happening. The source states that "instead of the evening rush hour an extraordinary silence and emptiness had descended upon London, on England, on Britain." This statement is a bold one, basically saying that the Beatles were every British person's favourite band. Most certainly an overstatement but definitely a widespread feeling felt by many in the 60's. Joanna Lumley's source A is an animated, descriptive piece that paints the picture almost of 1964. She describes in detail, the feelings and emotions of Beatles fans: "John, Paul, George and Ringo being cool, hip, smart, lippy, charming and funny. It was very heaven to be alive." I think that this explains well that the Beatles' impact on the 60's was huge. I think that the source also describes how the 60's was moving with the times very quickly, maybe even in some cases ahead of it's time. The music, of the Beatles and other bands, was very influential, still influencing people nowadays. If the 60's really was how Joanna Lumley describes it then it was an era dominated by "Beatles-mania." In source A it says "the nation held its breath because that evening the fab' four were appearing live on Juke Box Jury." Also it says that "No-one was to be seen by the flower-stall, the newspaper stand." I think that overall this statement not only describes how the Beatles were everyone's everything and they were the utmost importance in society, but that it really was "Heaven to be alive" because music for the first time was society's favourite subject. ...read more.

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Sources F and G are statements about from a singer, Janis Joplin and an extract from the daily mail on the subject of the clean up TV campaign. Source F, the extract, describes a campaign that was in action at the time, "The women of Britain clean up TV campaign." This campaign was a religiously motivated campaign that tried to "clean up TV" because many women of the Christian faith felt that TV was no longer supporting Christianity and that it no longer inspired "purpose or hope." Mrs Whitehouse, the campaign organiser obviously felt that music was not as important as most people did and for that fact felt that music was not as suitable any more. Music probably could be construed as a bad influence for obvious reasons as bad lyrics or "unruly actions." A brilliant example of these thoughts and feelings is when Elvis performed a "sexually provoked dance while performing on stage on a television programme. This eventually ended in him being filmed from the waist upwards from then on! I think that the campaign was probably over the top with what they thought were bad influences but I can also see how many things may have been construed as bad influences. For example, although not a sixties band, the sex pistols were extremely frowned upon when on television. The main "Clean up TV" points being made were that the BBC, generally an "on the level" television channel was becoming too slack with the content that it broadcast. Mary Whitehouse, the campaign leader felt that Christian people writing for the BBC were not getting their work shown as the BBC were no longer as supportive of the Christian faith as they used to be. ...read more.

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The "clean up TV campaign" is a prime example of how people agreed that pop culture was a bad influence in the 60's. I think that pop culture, excluding drugs and drink influences, was a positive influence on the public. I believe that the campaign was O.T.T and that they exaggerated how bad or good it was. From source H, it is apparent that youth had more money than ever when pop culture was around, so the influences from it must have been positive in some respect because people had more money. Overall the sources A, B, C, D, E, F and H give sense of a very positive atmosphere in the sixties and that pop culture influenced for the better. Source G would support the statement that popular culture did more harm than good, because it describes how singer Janis Joplin was influenced in a bad way, as she died of a drugs overdose. This is clearly a bad reflection of the sixties but an honest one. A well known problem in the sixties but not a common one. Source I basically disproves any claims that pop culture was bad for the 60's and later generations. It is the simplest yet the most effective in making people realise how good for people the 60's pop culture was. 190,000 more people were in full time education in Britain in 1969 than in 1961, (200,000 in 1961 and 390,000 in 1969.) a clear and simple statement that the 60's really was an era of change and that the influence overall was a very positive one. As you may have noticed I have used the word era a lot, this is because the 60's really was an era, because as it is known, an era, no matter how long or short, is a significant period of time that is important to the people and society it involves. ...read more.

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