US soldier holding guitar

Woodstock Nation

Michael O'Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University


The late 1960s and early 1970s, according to some observers was a time of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Certainly, the period saw an explosion in the recording industry and the kinds of music that appealed to the listening public. Some identify this period as the heyday of protest music—music aimed at awakening public awareness of social issues, particularly the Vietnam conflict.

Updated | April 2004