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The Impact of Music on African-Americans in the 1960s And 1970s

The 1960’s and 1970s played host to some of the most spirited changes to take place in American society.  This  era shaped major changes in music, politics, revolutionary movements and led to an explosion of individual expression.  It was also an era of the growth of  African American youth involvement in politics, education, social issues and music. As a result of the African American music influence, many American youths were exposed to  new forms of  music and stylish clothing while expressing themselves politically and socially. The cultural change was not greeted or accepted at first because the normal sound of the sixties still magnified the sound of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It did not match the new music followed by African American youths. The 1960’s were a time of upheaval in society, fashion, attitudes, and especially music. Before 1963, the music of the sixties still reflected the sound, style, and beliefs of the previous decade and many of the hit records were by artists who had found mainstream success in that fifties  (ThePeopleHistory.Com).