Two Lifves as Teenagers: Teen Life in the 1960’s vs. Teen Life in the 21st Century

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Two lives as teenagers: Teen life in the 1960’s vs. teen life in the 21st century By: SUE WANG To some people, teenage life in the 60’s is radically different from teenage life now, with drastic changes such as the prices of meals and movie tickets. However, this is not always the case. 61-year-old Charles Conrad Couey, nicknamed “Chuck”, grew up in Spokane, Washington. He recounted his teenage years in the mid-60’s, when America was dominated by various English influences and Elvis Presley. Currently, teenagers and young people around the country tap their feet and dance to energetic rap and hip-pop, which often contain explicit lyrics. Many of them also enjoy swaying their bodies to the pretty melodies of pop and country songs. Some of the favorite artists chosen by teenagers nowadays include Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, The Jonas Brothers, and Beyoncé. But in the 1960’s, the popular music was different. Rock-and-roll bands that originated from England such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who were influential back then. In fact, according to Couey, they absolutely “dominated the 60’s”. Compared to now, rap has the same powerful impact on teenagers in the 21st century the same way rock influenced teenagers in the 60’s. At that time, The Beatles’ mania swept through the nation, and many people, male and female, became crazed fans. A lot of teenagers absolutely worshipped The Beatles as their idols, some even to the extent to comparing them as semi-gods. Couey recalled that every boy’s girlfriend was in love with Ringo Starr of The Beatles. In addition to these iconic rock bands, Couey also listened to musical artists such as The Animals, which was another English group. His classmates and he also enjoyed a whole different set of music by Northwest rock-and-roll groups that were immensely popular in exclusively

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