Nina Simone, in Harlem 1969
The 50s-60s seem like a cool time to live in. People were just so involved in the anti-war, civil rights, counterculture movements. Music was reactive and provided meaningful social commentary.
Got hold of the Feb issue of Mojo, was an interview with Joni Mitchell:
There's a strong undercurrent of discontent in Shine [her recently released album]. What are your feelings about the government these days?EDIT: Nina Simone - Ain't Got No...I've Got Life (megaupload)
I was angry at the handling of New Orleans and how quick the American people were to impeach a man for sex and how slow to move on other things that made everyone in the world want to nuke America. I was also angry at the inability of this generation to know what to do; their inability to move at all, which is an unusual thing for youth.
What do you mean?
In their youth, my generation was ready to change the world, but when the baton was passed to them in the '70s they fell into a mass depression because all the revolutionaries are quick to demolish and slow to fix. When handed the baton to fix it, they didn't know what to do so they kind of degenerated into the greediest generation in the history of America - the hippy, yippie, yuppie transition from the '60s to the '70s to the greedy '80s and Ronald Reagan.
Machiavelli said, "People don't know what to do with peace. It always degenerates into fashion and fornication," and that's what we have.