Adolecentes en los 60s (ingles)

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Youth Rebellion
Why did being rebellious and going against authority become so popular? It was the 1950s and boiled up emotions waiting to break free from the chains of the conservative parents could no longer be bottled up inside. The teenage social class rose and they started to comprehend the meaning of being a free thinker, an individual able to speak for themselves. No longer was thenation going to be ruined by the “older generation” that were holding them down. The youth revolution had officially begun through the arts, their way of life, and a political crisis.
The era of Rock ‘n’ Roll took off during the 1950s and paved the way for a counterculture artistic movement, later to be known as psychedelic rock. The Beatles became a huge part of the American counterculturemovement. The lyrics of The Beatles and other British rock bands expressed the frustration of youth, and the young people found it as an outlet to go against mainstream America. Two types of music scenes emerged in the US. The hippies from California and an edgier more artistic view in NYC. Teenagers could express themselves through music that was banned by the conservative generation in America. Theysaw it “as the start of a dangerous trend where the morals and values that were so important to them were under threat” (Roberson). The music that was “appropriate” did not hold the truths about what their new free lifestyle was all about. A need to act and dress differently than what society says is acceptable, was brought-about by many factors during this era which strengthened the popularity ofthe “scandalous” rock ‘n’ roll. The 1960s was the era of festivals and drew big names such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, and the Rolling Stones to name a few. The combination of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” was defined in August “1969 with the Woodstock Festival – a massive 3-day rock event” (“USA: A Divided Union”) - when the idea of free life and rebellion was at its peak.Woodstock was not just a festival, rather it was the unity and harmony of the peaceful and free love of the young generation. It was in a way a statement to the conservative generation of America that restrained them all. With the youth revolt at its highest, Woodstock became a monumental part of the youth rebellion movement and “flower power” era. During these 3 days young people were free to bewhatever they wanted to be. Out of this freedom, they embraced the free thinking, free sex, and drug culture.
During the 1960s teenagers turned to LSD, marijuana, and other recreational drugs, such as hallucinogens, to enhance their countercultural movement. The rise of icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and The Beatles gave way to a greater interest in drugs. The younggeneration saw drugs as a gateway to get away from mainstream America and experience the arts, philosophy, sex, and life in a new profound way. Teenagers found drugs and alcohol as a way of disconnecting from the life style of the conservative generation that included their parents. How else could this generation get away from such an era that involved wars, pressure to be silenced, and have nounacceptable opinions? Destructive drug use could be said to be one of the only ways out of these constraints which led to the emerging of hard drugs throughout the country, “and the idea of using mind-expanding drugs to gain insight into the world gave way to plain recreational, often harmful use” (“Psychedelic 60s”). Much of this free thinking, drug scene was influenced by the “hippie” movementwhich started in San Francisco “where the ‘flower power’ idea had started” (“USA: A Divided Union”). Young people embraced the idea of a free love society where love, sex, and positive energy where part of life. This had a huge impact on society, even to this day, because males and females would mingle more freely than before. Not only did this movement have an influence on the thinking of the...