This show focused on the protest music of the Boomers. Professor Mills had 5 main themes:
1. As baby-boomers came of age, they discovered the world really wasn’t that great. They decided it had to change, and they’d be the ones to do it. With music specifically, they built on the existing foundation of folk and protest songs and wrote about what affected them.
2. The 1960s were a period of growing awareness of social problems like Civil Rights, the environment, and Indigenous rights, and the popular music of the time reflected this.
3. The Vietnam War was the issue impacting white teenagers most directly in the USA – because of that whole draft thing. The war also heightened existing social problems domestically.
4. Canadians were especially prescient observers of the situation in the United States – while not having to worry about being drafted, they could still see how the behaviour of the country was in sharp contrast to its founding myths. Such as, you know, liberty!
5. By the end of the 1960s, folks increasingly believed that the war had come home (at Kent State for example). Because of this, the Boomers were in conflict with the older generation and those in power. This led to the politics of generational identity.
1. The Clash (London) – “Know Your Rights”
2. The Yardbirds (London) – “Shape of Things to Come”
3. Thunderclap Newman (London) – “Something in the Air”
4. Hedgehoppers Anonymous (Peterborough) – “It’s Good News Week”
5. Barry McGuire (Pasadena) – “Eve of Destruction”
6. Rolling Stones (London) – “Street Fighting Man”
7. Steppenwolf (Toronto) – “Monster”
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival (El Cerrito) – “Fortunate Son”
9. Country Joe and the Fish (Berkeley) -“The ‘Fish’ Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag”
10. The Bossmen (Toronto) – “Brainwashed”
11. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (Not in Laurel Canyon) – “Ohio”