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MissouriMud PBS-the 60s- the years that shaped a generation (29) RE: PBS-the 60s- the years that shaped a gen 30 Sep 05

I didnt see the program - but I was there - and I remember a lot of it. I went from 13 to 23 between 1960 and 1970 (which covered the time politically between the Kennedy election and Kent State and culturally between The Twist and Let it Be). The first five years I was mostly on the east coast the second five years mostly on the west coast.   It was an amazing time to "grow up" in as the big wave of post WW2 baby boomers moved through that decade and basically demanded to be heard. I dont think we will see that level of aggressive involved activism again in our life times. Some of it was good some of it was bad - but there is no denying that those ten years shaped the people who grew up during it more than any other decade.

I don't spend much time looking back but once in a while I cant help thinking about that period and smile. We were all so energized by everything going on - if we saw an injustice we just charged in shouting - or singing or whatever we could think of. But we cared and we tried to make a difference, and we thought we could make a difference - I hope we did, despite our youthful follies and lack of patience - I think so. And at the same time it was such a fantastic period of experimentation and individuality - both personally and artisitcally. The music was wonderful. Regardless of what I may think of Dylan's music in general - I still get chills when I hear or play (mostly to myself these days) The Times They Are a Changing - they certainly did.

Every generation has periods that impact it and every time period brings change. Technologically the world has changed far more in the past 20 years than it did during the 60s. But the 60s changed people and attitudes. It changed the way my generation as well as many others look at war and politics and love and other human beings and the world more than any other time- and we sang about all of them.

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