FC: "We Didn't Start the Fire Analysis By: C.J. Myers
1: Introduction "We Didnt start the fire" is a rock song by Billy Joel written in the late 1980's. Every stanza is a certain part of a decade. Every phrase in each stanza is a particular person, place, or thing that affected the world during that point in time. The decade I analyzed decade is the eighties . Every phrase either was a very important controversy i the U.S.A., or it was a world wide dilema.
2: Sally Ride Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951 and raised in Los Angeles, California. In 1968 she graduated from Stanford University with a master degree in science and two doctorate degrees in Physics in 1975 and 1978. In 1978 Dr. Ride was accepted as an astronaut in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She beat 8000 people in this competition. After she was accepted she went through arduous training, until in 1983 she broke history by being the first American woman to ever go into space. She was part of the crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7. During this space expedition the crew deployed two communicating satellites. She was also the first woman to use a robot arm in space to retrieve a space satellite. She spent a total 343 hours in space. Her second space flight was in 1984, also on board the Challenger. On January 28, 1986 the space shuttle challenger crashed while landing. She became Presidential Commission investigating the accident. She was then assigned to NASA’s headquarters in Washington D.C. She has been accepted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and has been awarded two NASA Space Flight Medals.
3: Heavy Metal Suicide Heavy Metal is a sub-genre of rock. It is music with distorted guitar, heavy bass riff, and powerful double bass drums. The songs are very powerful, intense, and aggressive. This genre’s pioneer bands were Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Judas Priest. In the 1980’s, metal received a lot of criticism. The genre was claimed to cause violence, crime, and even suicide. Many bands were even sued. Judas Priest was sued by a pair parents, they claimed that their sons shot themselves after they listened to a Judas Priest album. Many political groups also claimed that if you play Black Sabbath albums backwards (in reverse); the songs send messages that encourage suicide and violence. Many people who claim metal is a contributor to suicide just look at the title of the songs. For example, people might see the song suicide silence by Ozzy Osborne, but in reality this song is against alcohol abuse.
4: Foreign Debts America has been in debt ever since they won their independence in 1776. It has just been rising, and rising ever since. You calculate debt by comparing amount of debt to the GNP (Gross National Product) of the country. When Ronald Reagan was elected as the president of the U.S., the national debt was 33%. During Reagan’s years as president, the Reagan administration cut taxes and raised defense costs. This action caused foreign debt to ascend rapidly. Gas price rose, interest rates rose, and other poorer countries economies suffered even worse than America’s. In 1988, the GNP was 53%. This was the highest it’s ever been in America’s history. I believe Billy Joel chose to say foreign debts because this took even the world by storm in the 1980’s. America was in more debt than it ever has been in its history, and other countries were even more in debt.
5: AIDS On July 13, 1985 an event went down in history. The world’s largest rock concert took place. For 16 hours straight, many treasured performers played their world renowned music. These musicians included Queen, Elton John, and Paul McCarthy. The first part of the concert was in London. After hours of live performances in London, another arena was ready in Philadelphia. This concert had a crowd of 90,000 people and was viewed by 1.5 billion people on television. Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Eric Clapton, and Tina Turner were all guest performers at this show. This concert, the largest in history, was named AIDS Live! This was the first time the whole world acknowledged Aids as a world-wide disease. This was the first time people recognized Aids as a very deadly and dangerous epidemic. All proceeds from this concert went directly to the study of Aids. All profits went to find a cure for the most fatal and spreading disease in the modern world. The reason they held this fundraiser is because AIDS, during the time, was rapidly spreading throughout the world. Scientists first thought that AIDS was spread from monkeys to humans, and then spread from human to human. They were embarrassingly wrong. They then learned that AIDS was spread by having unprotected sex, by cell fluid contact. In the sixties there was a saying called “free love.” This meant they wanted to have sexual activity without any protection. Many people throughout America were then frightened by this deadly disease because with unprotected sex, there is a 100% chance you will catch this disease. Plus, it is incurable, and most infected people die within ten years of catching the disease.
6: Bernie Goetz Bernhard Goetz was born on November 7, 1947 in Queens, New York. He had a rough child hood. His father was convicted for molesting two fifteen year old boys. His father was sent to jail and he was sent to boarding school in Switzerland. When he returned to his home, in the late 1970’s he couldn’t believe how much crime there was in his hometown. On January 1981 he was attacked by three teenagers at a subway station. He was escaped with nothing but a knee injury. He then applied for a gun permit, but was denied. On December 22, 1984, Goetz walked into the subway when 4 boys asked him for $5 dollars. He said no, and then the boy said, “Give me your money.” He then shot and injured all 4 boys. Goetz escaped the crime scene but then turned himself in two weeks later. People praised him for standing up for himself and taking crime into his own hands. The police were not very authoritative in New York during the 80’s, so people admired Goetz for taking control of the crime in his neighborhood.
7: We Didn’t Start the Fire Quiz 1.Sally Ride was the first what to go into space? 2.How did people claim Heavy Metal songs encouraged violence and suicidal messages? A.If you took the first letter of each word and put them together B. If you take every third word from a song and put them together C. If you listen to an album backwards D. If you listen you to a song backwards 3. True or false: After Reagan’s presidency, the U.S.A had least debt than it ever has had in its history. 4. How did Scientists believe AIDS was spread before they found out the truth? A. its spread by elephants B. Its spread by zebras C. Its spread by dogs D. Its spread by monkeys 5. How did people react when Bernie Goetz took crime into his own hands?
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