When you think of the 1960s most of us automatically think of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Limiting our remembrance of this vibrant and influential decade to this short phrase is much to restraining.
The 1960s was a decade of the power of the counter culture, sexual freedom, drugs and revolutionary music, but it was also a time that saw the birth of the Second Wave of Feminism, black rights movements, student protests, anti-war movements and the people of the world realizing that they really are the government. It was a fast-paced decade of revolution and optimism in the United States that helped to transform the country into the world power that it has become.
The sixties began on a moral high and ended in disillusionment. It was a time when higher education was opening up to the masses and a whole generation (the youth) rebelled. There was much unrest and instability during this decade with Vietnam being the dark lens through which the whole decade was viewed. This war, which the majority of Americans came to be against, coupled with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy brought about violence and protests the like of which the U.S. had never before or since seen. Those with foresight realized that this was a country which was on the cusp of momentous change. The student demonstrations instilled in other places in the world showed how powerful the people could be and led to huge protests in Mexico, France and Czechoslovakia. Change and upheaval was now spreading around the globe.
This DVD uses a mixture of original news clips and interviews with some of the most influential and important people of the 60s, such as Bobby Seale (co-founder of the Black Panthers), Peter Coyote (actor/activist), Norman Mailer (author), Tom Hayden (politician/author), Walter Cronkite (journalist), Arlo Guthrie (musician), Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Eric Burdon (musician) to bring to light many of the important events of the decade. This excellent PBS production allows us to relive the decade of when Dylan's classic verse; 'the times they are a changin' truly represented the combined consciousness of America's youth.