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The Hippie Aesthetic Era Of Rock And Roll

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The hippie aesthetic era was an important time in rock and roll during the late 60’s and on into the early 80’s. It was a time were rock had a sense of purpose. They sung about the issues that plagued the country. It was also a time where technology would play an important roll in the sound of music, with the advancement in recording and synthesizer technology (Covach, “The Hippie Aesthetic”). The hippie aesthetic was not immune to the advancement of music. This essay will go over three songs that represent the different aspects of this era. It’ll will review a song that is predominately hippie aesthetic, a song that is a little of both, and finally a song that has no trace of hippie aesthetic.
“Missionary Man” by The Eurhythimics, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Q3cp3cp88, is a good example of hippie aesthetics. The Eurhythimics were a British synthesizer band that used a mixture of various instruments during the recording of “Missionary Man” (“Songfacts”). This song included the use of synthesizers, guitars, a harmonica, and some backwards noises in the beginning (“Songfacts”). The video has a touch of psychedelia with strange unzipping of leather and with Lennox being poked in the fact throughout the video. Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” is a great example of a song that falls in the middle.

“Billie Jean”, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi_XLOBDo_Y), is a song written by Michael Jackson that was a little bit of both hippie aesthetic and not. It is about a woman who stalked Jackson and claimed that he is the father of her baby (Covach, “Introduction to Rock”). This is represented in the chorus, “Billie Jean is not my lover. She is just a girl who claims that I am the one but the child is not my son” (“Lyricsmania”). Jackson denied the allegation. His producer Quincy Jones thought it was funny that she claimed that Jackson was only the father of one of hers twins ((Covach, “Introduction to Rock”). The lyrics to “Billie Jean” are clear and understandable. “Billie Jean” turned out to be a big success when it was released in 1983. In the beginning, MTV didn’t want to play the video for “Billie Jean”, because Jackson was black and this would turn away viewers (“Songfacts”). Eventually they did play his video, but only after it was a #1 hit (“Songfacts”). His video...

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