What makes sense in your head?
Well I guess that depends on what you know to begin with.
It amuses me to think that the only reason I think the way I do and write for that matter is because of what I have been exposed to. Especially when some of what I have been brought up to believe I strongly disagree with. Everything about me is reflective of what I am aware of and continue to recognise. My influences were basic, mom and dad. Not to say I am anything like a genius.
One thing I will never forget is the first time I consciously managed to find a way to break away from their control too. It was the Hip Hop Grammy Awards 1999. My first little piece of the then growing Counterculture spreading through out the world. Why this is important is because I only starting picking up the swear words in their lyrics around 2001, in an album that had Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Jay Z and Eminem letting loose.
From here I started skateboarding and truly became aware of things that are beyond reason to most people content with modern society and the way in which we go on about our daily business. The culture made me aware of what a jungle we still living in, the busy life people become consumed with in and around the city. It also made me aware of the fun you can have with some heard work, belief and a big imagination- like skating in the same street everyday for 5 years, or changing the world through song.
The Beatles did just that during the peace movement of the 60’s. Their influence on popular culture was, is and will remain untouchable. Robert Greenfield (Rolling Stone) was quoted saying “People are still looking at Picasso… at artists who broke through the constraints of their time period to come up with something that was unique and original. In the form that they worked in, in the form of popular music, no one will ever be more revolutionary, more creative and more distinctive than the Beatles were.’
During the 1920 the USA was the major player in popular culture, through Hollywood, Jazz, and Broadway- The American dream alive and well, only later did Rock and roll start to shine.
The Beatles not only triggered the ‘British Invasion’ of the US, but themselves became a globally prominent marvel. Their innovations in music and commercial success inspired the world. Their long hair, new sound and ‘free speech’ in their songs awoke the world to what belief of the masses can do to change the world. They inspired a decade driven by rebellion and peace, and an icon for the idea that the free, really are. Their 1965 Tour of the USA attracted what was then the largest audience in concert history and is a “landmark event in the growth of the rock crowd.” The 60’s Counterculture was up and RUNNING!
Their marks of rebellion had a global impact on fashion, gay rights, women’s liberation and environmentalism. They were THE catalyst in the breakdown of conventional society, re-shaping it and giving it back.
The Beatles and the Hippy movement during the 1960’s is to me where Counter culture in music originates. They inspired the garage band movement, which led to the discovery of some of the greatest Rock bands of all time and beginning of the next social movement in society. With out them we would not know the world we live in today. Counter culture used to its full potential, for change. PEACE