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Andy from private IP /all The Star-Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix is the greatest musical tribute to America of all time 🇺🇸 That Monday in August 1969, he wrote his name in history with his mixed-emotions interpretation of the National Anthem. Jimi had served a year in the Army from 1961-1962, and although he didn't go to Vietnam, I feel like he had the right to comment on the Vietnam War as any citizen had-- with the extra layer of being an honorably discharged veteran, however, brief his service was. Do you agree? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjzZh6-h9fM #Politics #PublicFigures _reply Fri, 23 Feb 2024 07:37:47 -0800
zerosugar from private IP /all he was unique for sure and very talented. sad his life was cut short. the wind cries mary is a nice one and crosstown traffic too. i guess back then people weren’t as politically vocal or just felt it was safer to keep their opinions to themselves and maybe they had a good reason. look at the crazy world today. facebook comments sections are scary. so much rage over politics. i have mixed emotions on the whole hippie movement/counter culture. i do think it’s interesting that it’s nixon who ended the vietnam war and then they turned their backs on nixon. lol. not that they were ever really on his side. _reply Fri, 23 Feb 2024 07:42:07 -0800
zerosugar from private IP /all i guess to really answer, music previously was more or less folksy and/or about the holidays. think bing crosby. starting in the mid 60s, music became more about protest. vietnam was a gruesome war, so people felt inclined to speak out. i find it interesting though that the baby boomers of today who were part of the counter culture back then now seem to support more war hawk candidates and conflicts. why is there such an inclination to have supported a war in syria and ukraine? the people who support these wars were previously against wars in vietnam and iraq. i’m not trying to take sides in various conflicts, but sometimes there are no winners or no better side when it comes to some countries. _reply Fri, 23 Feb 2024 14:47:32 -0800
tcow from private IP /all most of the people i know who actively support war are young boomers and old gen xers. the older boomers (think immediate postwar into the early 50s, the ones who were of age or coming of age during vietnam) are still pretty anti-war in my experience, but this also varies and they are still principally nationalists above whatever political alignment they may have. the "america is the greatest country in the world" sentiment does not echo as hard in young millennials or gen z as it did for the boomers through the older millennials, perhaps because those people felt the successes of america post civil rights movement and pre 2008 crash. young millennials have less memories of economic prosperity, and many zoomers have no memories of it at all. _reply Sat, 24 Feb 2024 20:36:03 -0800
zerosugar from private IP /all yes, i like that point about older boomers vs younger boomers. there can be a divide. i have also noticed a certain type of nationalism or should it be more or less seen as idealism with the older boomers. even my mother who is early gen x is so different from the people born in the early 60s who are technically boomers such as my father. gen z and so called zillennials do tend to be more negative. just ten minutes of browsing videos on tiktok can be depressing from hearing more bleak views. while i am old enough to remember how hard it was to just get a part time job in the depression of 08 and into the early 10s. american nationalism can be a sensitive subject. recently i went abroad then came back to the usa right before christmas, it was really the first time in my life i was super happy to be back stateside. i am appreciating america more as i get older. as much as some obnoxious american nationalists can be annoying, the europeans who constantly attack america without truly knowing this country are even more annoying. i have traveled the world and feel that western europeans are the most anti american.. i always feel like they have underlying jealousy and are just self-righteous wanting to be the adults in the room. likewise, these american expats on tiktok who make videos with common knowledge about european countries are just annoying af. it’s like no shit! there was this zoomer girl living in italy saying she moved there so her future kids won’t get shot in school. that was just so over the top dramatic. meanwhile, she spends her days complaining about italians and how rude they are. i am somebody who has been visiting that country since i was 3 and don’t get them at times. i can’t imagine moving there as an adult with no previous experience with europeans. the usa is not perfect. imho, i do agree with these people that the criminal justice system is broken as well as healthcare. the economy is not what it was, but lots of injustice and craziness in europe as well as in other countries on other continents. not to mention, extremely rude people. i can appreciate a smile from a stranger and a certain level of politeness. i hate to sound like an american exceptionalist, but in the post Covid world, many European countries can feel so third world including Central European countries such as Germany. only the Nordic countries such as Finland feel very wealthy, but I also can’t help but feel inferior to those people so I would never want to live there. lol. anyway, the counter culture and its aftermath are something i personally can feel nostalgic for even if i didn’t live through it. i also like to think about the periods before and after. the beatniks were about exploring areas that were once taboo. they were such an interesting precursor to the counter culture as well as being the aftermath of the “innocence” of the 1950s. now for the aftermath of the counterculture. 1970s music is sort of about being hung over from the 1960s. lots of sad songs. at that point, the beatles were split up, musicians like jimi hendrix and janis joplin were dead. the hippies were older and the best parts of their youth were basically over, all they had to look forward to was basically becoming like their parents. soldiers were returning from vietnam no longer the same. people who know me know i’m not a depp fan at all, but i do love me some fear and loathing in las vegas. i just think it’s such a beautiful movie. i’ve never read the book, but maybe will in the future. i just like how such a large part of that movie is longing for the recent past. the nostalgia in it is beautiful and sad. in the case of fear and loathing, being in the 70s and having this longing for the 60s or even for what the 60s should have been. i remember in the early 10s having a severe longing for the early 00s. like the 1960s, so many bad things happened in the 00s with the war in iraq. it was also a beautiful time though and today feels so long ago. music was an identity during the days jimi sang this song. even into the early 00s and 10s, music was an identity with the emos and scene kids. today, gen z on tiktok are all about aesthetics and looks rather than true subcultures which existed in the past. sorry for this long post. lol! :)
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