How much impact did music have on society 1955-75?

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How much impact did music have on society 1955-75?

During 1955-75 music drastically changed, leading it to have a profound influence on the youth groups of the 1960s, the changes in social attitudes of the younger generation, mainstream fashion as well as the wider media. The impact of music was particularly strong on the youth, who could accept these new influences that music reflected, such as the new culture of spending on records, and the social attitude of rebellion. The most important impact that music had was arguably the youth groups, due to the fact that they were the most affected by the new music culture and led the changes in social attitudes, being the first to break away from the old attitudes of the past.  

The youth groups of the 1960s were particularly affected by the new genres of music presented during 1955-1975. The youth groups of the 1960s, such as the Mods and Rockers can be reflected by the music of the era. The Beatles were an example of the Mods, and dressed in suits with neat haircuts, influencing the Mods youth group. Similarly, the influence of bands such as the Rolling Stones lead to the Rockers youth group dressing in leather clothing.  Much of the new music presented a different view to traditional values of society, including sex and religion. Much of the music openly stated and encouraged sex for pleasure, undermining any traditional religious values. The Rolling Stones song ‘Satisfaction’ openly used explicit lyrics such as “I can't get no satisfaction, I can't get no girl reaction”, a contrast to the traditional value which was against sex outside of marriage. Instead, music encouraged rebellion against these traditional values and higher authority such as the government. The song ‘My Generation’ by The Who emphasises this, saying: “This is my generation, baby, Why don't you all f-fade away, And don't try to dig what we all s-s-say”, showing clear rebellion against authority and rules that people were supposed to be bound by. This influence lead to the formation of newer youth groups such as the hippie movement, which had an anti-war message and lead to protests and marches. The influences of the new genres of music also lead to violence between youth groups, one case being the violence in Brighton, where police were forced to intervene.

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The change in theme in music from 1955-75 also had a large effect on social attitudes such as the idea of sexual freedom, and new political ideas from the youth groups. The music of the 1950s such as Buddy Holly’s song ‘Everyday’, presented a lighter tone to music and began to focus on themes such as relationships: “Everyday it's a-gettin' closer, Goin' faster than a rollercoaster, Love like yours will surely come my way”, compared to the later music which incited changes in social attitudes towards substances such as drugs. The Beatles’ song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ is ...

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