By the beginning of the 60s, the next generation was approaching adulthood. Parents of these children actively fought for peace, tranquility and abundance. Parents, however, entered it with a load of unpaid debts – they brought with them the fear of nuclear war and the sin of racial hatred, and the ideals of equality and justice were simply trampled on in pursuit of stability and success. It is not surprising that children questioned the moral and political foundations of the post-war world; these new moods are reflected in their musical predilections.
Dylan’s songs about racial oppression and the threat of nuclear annihilation immediately turned into hymns, and the song “Times – they are changing” sounded the first warning about growing social tension. However, with all its adherence to the brightest ideals, folk still remained the music of the past, a means of communication between the politicized intelligentsia and rock and roll, which were looking at children’s entertainment with undisguised irony. The new generation did not yet have its own unique voice. Continue reading