S: We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel Analysis
FC: Luca Guevara | Analysis
1: Introduction The reason why I chose these topics for my analysis was because I thought they were well spread out. What I mean by this is that there was a bit of everything. Politics with the Watergate scandal as well as Ho Chi Minh. Personal life with birth control and music with punk rock and Woodstock. In my opinion it gives the analysis a certain balance because there is a bit of everything. I also picked these topics because they are very popular, but I didn't know much about them. I've heard them been mentioned, but never really knew anything else about them so I took it as a chance to learn something new.
2: Birth Control On May 11th 1960 the birth control pill “Envoid” was approved by the Food and Drug Administration or FDA. Envoid was developed by Gregory Pincus at pharmaceutical laboratories GD Searle in the United States. This pill was a miracle worker for women who didn’t want to have the responsibilities of taking care of a newborn but wished to have sexual interaction. Envoid would react with the hormones in a woman’s body to make it think it was pregnant and stop ovulation from happening, therefore the woman wouldn’t get pregnant. The birth control pill became rapidly popular around the female community because it was 100% effective. On the other hand, Envoid caused side effects such as nausea, weight gain and depression among others. Complaints began and by 1980 all the pills that produced the strong side effects were taken off the market, but this also reduced the pill effectiveness to 97%.
3: Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890 and became famous in 1930 when he founded the Indo-Chinese communist party. He formed this communist party because he thought the communism in the Soviet Union was successful and realized he could promote the same movement in Vietnam.. Minh became president of North Vietnam in 1945 when World War II ended. He tried hard to keep it apart from other governments that might affect his wish for communism. In 1945 he tried to declare independence in Vietnam, but it didn’t go well. The Vietnam War broke out which started out as a Civil War between South and North Vietnam but then the United States joined in. After many years of fighting, Vietnam finally gained its independence in 1975 six years after Ho Chi Minhs’ death on September 2nd, 1969.
4: Woodstock On August 14-16, 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place, and was the greatest rock concert as the audience described it. It took place in Max Yasgur’s farm in Woodstock, New York. 500, 000 people gathered to listen to their favorite bands and take part in the counterculture movement the concert was all about. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and many more delighted the audience with their musical talent and capacity. During the concert usual drug use, drinking alcohol and nudity took place and were all favored by the participants. The counterculture movement promoted and expressed peace, love and optimism by a young audience who desired the Vietnam War to cease. With such a large diversity of musicians, the people kept on coming and coming to watch the greatest rock concert of all time, Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
5: Watergate On June 17, 1972 a group of members in “CREEP” Committee for the Re-Election the President broke into the Watergate building in Washington DC were the Democratic Party Offices were located. The purpose of theses burglars was to spy and record conversations that would be an advantage to President Nixon in the re-elections. These members were spotted and said to be sent on the behalf of President Nixon. Nixon repeatedly denied ever sending anyone to the Watergate building to spy but in 1973 a clue broke out. A close advisor from Nixon quit and the world was informed that the tapes were the President talked to the burglars was in the White House. A special prosecutor in 1974 claimed the tapes from President Richard Nixon. Nixon was accused of obstruction of justice for trying to convince the Supreme Court that the burglars had never entered the Watergate building and that the recordings were never acquired when the evidence was clear that it had all happened. Not only did President Nixon not get re-elected, but he had to resign from office because of the accusations given to him.
6: Punk Rock Punk rock was a musical genre created in the 1977 that derived from 1970’s rock and night club punk. This musical genre let its fans express their anger through music. Such bands as Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Ramones expressed feelings of protest through their songs. For example, Sex Pistols were banned had to camp out on the riverside of the Thames because they were banned from radio, TV and all other media because of their controversial music. Rebelling against politics and the English monarchy gave the Sex Pistols fame with an audience with the rebellious feeling they needed to nourish. Punk rock began in the United Kingdom and in the United States and basically expressed rebellion for teenagers and young adults. Fans dressed out of the ordinary and pierced themselves to be part of the punk rock generation. Punk rock bands such as the Buzzocks also inspired other musicians with their music.
7: Quiz! 1.Which President was involved in the Watergate scandal? 2.Which British punk rock band got banned from the media and set up camp at the River Thames? 3.Which war was Ho Chi Minh involved in? 4.Name two artists that played in Woodstock. (answers may vary) 5.How was the famous birth control pill in the 1960’s named?
8: Bibliography: Birth Control. "BBC - h2g2 - The Years of Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire' - 1964-1989 (Part 1)." BBC - Homepage. BBC, n.d. Web. 27 May 2011.
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