1960s Youth Protest

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A very strange form of protest in the 1960s was the use of protesting through music. A good song that falls under this category is "Eve of Destruction." It is a song that was written by P. F. Sloan in 1965 to protest. Several other artists have recorded it; however the best known recording of this song was by Barry McGuire. This recording was released by Dunhill Records and it was made between the days of July 12 and July 15, 1965. The musicians that participated in the song were some of the best LA music players. They are P.F. Sloan on guitar, Hal Blaine on drums, and Larry Knechtel on the bass. The track that contained all the vocals on it was thrown on at the last minute as a rough mix. It was originally not intended to be the final version, but to their dismay a copy of the recording "leaked" out to some random DJ, who began playing it without permission. Oddly enough the song was an instant hit and as a result the more clean and clearer version of the vocal track that was at first envisioned was never recorded. "Eve of Destruction” was a song that was used as a serious warning of a coming apocalypse. It was considered to be by others a model of a protest song. It mainly expressed the frustrations and the fears of the people of youth in the 1960s during the ages of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the arms race using nuclear weapons, and the civil rights movement. It also mentions through a verse of the song "You're old enough to kill, but not for votin'.", meaning that a person as the right to take another person’s life in war before they are allowed to vote. It was an attempt to help the the movement to lower the age of voting to eighteen years old. The American media helped make the song popular by using it as a prime example of everything that was wrong with the youth of the 1960s. Unfortunately the song also attracted unwanted attention from conservatives. A
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