S: "We Didnt Start the Fire"
FC: Billy Joel: "We Didn't Start The Fire" Lyrics Analysis | By: Luis
1: Billy Joels song "We Didnt Start the Fire" can easily go over the most important points and happenings in history form the 1950s all the way to the 1980s. In this mixbook, part of his lyrics will be analyzed, with a paragraph explaining the meaning of each person or event, and some pictures to demonstrate them. Enjoy!
2: Ho Chi Minh | Nguyen Sinh Cung, also known as Ho Chi Minh, was the President of Vietnam during most of the war. He was born in a village in the center of Vietnam into a poor family. Ho had a brother and a sister and was the youngest of them all. In his early 20s he worked on a French ship and traveled around the Atlantic. Then he lived in France for some years were he adopted Communism and Socialism. After this, Ho lived in both Soviet Russia and China, and then managed to slip back into his home country. He was obsessed with the idea of Vietnamese independence and rebellion against the French and the Americans. Later, he formed a group that would fight the Japanese and French for independence and Communism, and this group also fought the USA. As president, Ho Chi Minh always was very true to his beliefs and kept on fighting even though his country was being destroyed. Six years after his death, the communists managed to succeed Hos goal of conquering South Vietnam.
4: Richard Nixon Back Again | Richard Nixon is an extremely important figure in the history of the United States government. Being one of the most controversial political people in American history, Richard Nixon devoted his life to politics and international problems. He began his politician career, Nixon worked in the congress and obtained a seat in the U.S. senate. Later on in his life, he became the vice-president while General Dwight Eisenhower was in power. After this he launched a campaign in 1960 for his candidacy to become president. He lost to his democratic opponent John F. Kennedy. In 1968 after Kennedy died, Nixon relaunched his campaign and managed to win the votes. He became president for the first time on January 20th, 1969. Generally he was liked by the US citizens and was a good president. On January 1972 when his period of presidency was over, he announced his candidacy for reelection, and won. On June of 72, the scandal of Watergate took place. Nixon was accused of spying on his democratic opponents by sending burglars into the Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate hotel in Washington D.C. Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974.
6: Woodstock | The Woodstock Art & Music Festival was a concert held on August 15th, 1969. It ran along all the way to August 18th and might possibly be the most famous concert in the World’s history. The Concert was organized by 4 men whose names where: Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Arti Kornfeld. These 4 men had the goal of creating and enormous music festival that woud attract hundreds of people and would be remember for many years. The whole point of this concert was of having 3 days of peace and music, and that is what happened. This enormous festival was held in a dairy farm in Bethel, New York. The farmed was owned by Max Yagur and it was 2.4 km2 (600 acres large). Famous bands and aggrupations played along these 4 days of music, drug and sex including: Santana, Mountan, Greatful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix. The concert was set out to be free and the fences that protected the area were cut the previous day. Most of the audience were hippies and under the age of 25, lots of drugs and alcohol were involved in this event. The documentary film “Woodstock” captured most of the concert including the skinny dipping in a lake and it was released in 1970.
8: Birth Control | Birth Control and contraception have been very polemic themes since many hundreds of years ago. There are many methods that exist to prevent a women from giving birth to another human or for preventing the conception moment to even happen. The first documentations of Birth control were in Ancient Greece in the 1800 B.C, where they would use a plant called Silphium to prevent pregnancy. Ancient Romans also used contraception methods or even abortions (extracting the fetus from the uterus). In the 1920s, birth control campaigner Marie Stopes made the term popural and turned contraception into an acceptable act. Over the years, more advanced methods of birth control have been invented such as condoms or diaphragm, even special pills to prevent pregnancy. But abortions are illegal in the majority of the countries around the world.
10: Punk Rock | Punk Rock is a genre that developed from Rock and Roll in the mid 1970s. It was recognized for having somewhat of a hard type of music, and very rebel followers. Mostly teenagers at the time were into this type of music. After the hippies started to fade away, the new generations adopted this Punk Rock style. The first bands that initiated Punk Rock where: The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash, In the US, Britain and Australia. As the years went bye, Punk Rock started to get more aggressive and the music harder and noisier. The new punk looks consisted of strange hair dues, with spikes and colored hair, leather jackets and pants with spikes and some metal accessories. Soon, Punk Rock lead to a more rebel youth especially because it was so popular amongst the young population in the world.
12: "We Didnt Start the Fire"... QUIZ!!! | 1.Where did Ho Chi Minh learn the idea of Communism? 2.Who was president during Richard Nixon’s Vice-presidency in the 1950’s? 3.Where was the Woodstock Festival held? 4.When and where was Birth Control first documented? 5.Who where the first bands that initiated Punk Rock?
13: Bibliography | Ho Chi Minh portrait: http://purpleopurple.com/biography/Short-Biography/Ho-Chi-Minh.jpg Ho Chi Minh: http://www.kalipedia.com/kalipediamedia/historia/media/200905/18/hisuniversal/20090518klphisuni_1_Ies_SCO.jpg Nixons Face :http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/2/20/20090127002541!Richard_Nixon.jpg Nixon Peace Sign:http://richardnixonfacts.com/images/richard-nixon6.jpg Jimi Hendrix Woodstock: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Y1Je-yX2C74/S7OukELJ9NI/AAAAAAAAAEk/zsvnuYi4tMg/s1600/SSB_Woodstock_69.jpg Birth Control postcard: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/VictorianPostcard.jpg Punk Rock Hair Spikes: https://trcs.wikispaces.com/file/view/yoursign.jpg/43385293/yoursign.jpg The Ramones: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7DSkKpoiTUU/S_RBkqrMyqI/AAAAAAAAAB8/poBdyGrbVHQ/s1600/ramones.jpg