Cold War Music By: KARA HOOVER

HOW DID THE COLD WAR EFFECT MUSIC:

CULTURE AND MUSIC WERE HIGHLY EFFECTED BY THE COLD WAR. MOST OF THE MUSIC CREATED WAS JAZZ OR FOLK. MUSIC MADE ABOUT THE COLD WAR WAS MOSTLY CREATED DURING AND AFTER IT HAPPENED, AND WAS USED AS PROPAGANDA. BOB DYLAN AND DAVID BOWIE WERE TWO POPULAR ARTISTS WHOSE MUSIC WAS INFLUENCED BY THE COLD WAR. MOST OF THE SONGS ABOUT THE COLD WAR WERE WRITTEN IN THE 60'S AND THE 80'S. SOME ARTISTS EVEN WORE MILITARY UNIFORMS IN THEIR MUSIC VIDEOS TO SYMBOLIZE THE WAR IN THEIR MUSIC. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW SONGS FROM AND ABOUT THE COLD WAR. (http://alphahistory.com/coldwar/cold-war-music/)

DAVID BOWIE IN THE COLD WAR:

DAVID BOWIE WAS A VERY POPULAR ARTIST IN THE COLD WAR. HE PERFORMED HIS SONG "HEROES", IN 1987, AT THE BERLIN WALL. THIS PERFORMANCE PLAYED A SMALL ROLE IN THE WALLS DESTRUCTION TWO YEARS LATER, AND RIOTS OCCURRED BRIEFLY AFTER. MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THE SPEAKERS WERE TURNED TOWARDS THE WALL TO LURE PEOPLE IN. PART OF THE SONG SAYS "WE CAN BE HEROES, IF JUST FOR ONE DAY." YOU CAN VIEW A VIDEO OF HIS CONCERT BELOW.

WHY DID SOVIETS USE MUSIC IN THE COLD WAR:

SOVIETS MAINLY USED MUSIC AS A WAY OF PROPAGANDA TO TELL PEOPLE THAT THEY LIVED IN THE BETTER COUNTRY AND PORTRAYED HEROISM IN SONGS.

WHY DID THE U.S. MAKE MUSIC ABOUT THE COLD WAR:

MOST U.S. ARTISTS MADE MUSIC OUT OF FEAR, ANGER, AND SADNESS DURING THE COLD WAR. MOST OF THE SONGS WERE ABOUT DEATH, HOW TERRIBLE THE SOVIETS WERE TO THE AMERICANS, AND WHY WE WERE BETTER THAN THEM.

SIGNIFICANCE
  • IN A WAY BOTH SIDES USED MUSIC AGAINST EACH OTHER, IT DEFINITELY MADE AN IMPACT ON WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT DURING THE COLD WAR, AND IT GAVE THEM MORE REASONS TO HATE ONE ANOTHER.

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