I am delighted to say that I have closed a small chapter of my research and am pleased to be moving forward. As previously aforementioned, one of the books that would be part of my secondary research (general research) was Boom! by the infamous news reporter Tom Brokaw. I completed what I felt was the appropriate amount of reading that was necessary to grasping the entirety of the 60s (all of section 1). While the book is designed as a historical account of some of the major events and cultural highlights of the period, it was expressed through the unique views of individuals Brokaw had come into contact through his professional career. The reader attained a glimpse what those individuals had experienced and got to hear reflection on both those individual’s actions and the tumultuous trends of the time. The book covered the JFK and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, the King assassination, the war between traditional home life and the progressive home structures that were emerging, the Vietnam war, the women’s movement, hippies, the music trends (rock and Motown), and the lingering presence of drugs which stained nearly everyone’s lips. For those of you looking for a way to truly reminisce, or for those young folk like me who yearn to dive into another period of this great nation’s history, I highly recommend this book. Though, I haven’t quite finished the remaining two sections of the book, I hope to return to them at a later date for leisure. Section two, “Aftershocks,” discusses the consequences of the events of the 60s, and section three, “Reflections,” asks how we are supposed to connect those events to today and apply them. After all, isn’t that the purpose of history? To ask the “why” and “how” questions of our nation’s people and leaders and discover what we need to do differently today. Even in a period identified by an expression of “what works,” what works for ones own benefit or what works for the betterment of the majority, not much “went according to plan.” There’s something exhilarating about that, but also something that should be learned from that. The 60s proved to be at a massive war with itself. And just like it couldn’t quite figure out which side to land on, I too can’t come to conclude whether the 60s was a spectacular age of independence, free expression and creativity, or how the world went astray. Luckily, I can rest in my uncertainty because no one can really come to any conclusion either. After all the 60s gave birth to incredible modern artwork, lyrically challenging music, paths to expressions of free will, the dismantling of gender roles, and a participating/interested young culture. While on the other hand, it expanded a kingdom overtaken by drugs, it revealed the bitter and savage beast within man to a horrendous extreme, heightened the sense of entitlement, and caused a nation to distrust its own leaders. Perhaps you have a strong opinion and if so, I’d be delighted to hear your response.
The next step: The 1968 Project
Fun 60s Facts
The common, though flawed, belief among radical youth was if “we just take enough drugs, protest hard enough, play our music hard enough, we can change the world” Boom! pg 247
The phrase “mother of us all” was a negative term in feminist culture that described an older woman who had no relevance/failed to represent the younger generation (I am considering this for the title of my screenplay)
Light shows during rock concerts originated during this period and were meant to simulate an LSD experience
Despite the changing gender roles in the family structure, shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which depicted the classic stay-at-home mother figure, still thrived