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Last edited at 8:13AM on 2/28/2013
I think you might need to go back to the late 50's and the 60's for the BIG changes (maybe early 70's). Before then there was big band music, what now is elevator music... Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams ("Moon River"). Then late 50's along came Elvis. Started the big change in everything. When he first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show as a new up-coming star, they had to cut the bottom portion of their viewing so the home audiences wouldn't see the hip gyrations! :-) The language was usually good, too, except for some of the "hidden" words (Puff the Magic Dragon, Revelation #9, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds). Even the words "Rock & Roll" were considered by some to be talking about making-out in the backseat... And then... the Beatles, and the English sound. Started out the same, but progressed into hard rock. Big difference between, "She Loves You, yeah, yeah, yeah" and "Come Together", even "House of the Rising Sun." Inna-Gadda-Davida was one of the biggest ones. Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, etc. Lotsa drugs, lotsa drug overdoses and death. Flower Power "progressed" to Hippie Power, and on to rebellion.