Defining the Humanities

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Defining the Humanities

Defining the Humanities The purpose of this paper is to differentiate the humanities from other modes of human inquiry and expression. I will define the humanities of a cultural event of music and how music was an expression of what I know about the humanities, art, style, genius, and culture from the 60s. I will also discuss how the music of the 60s compares with other forms I know about from the same period. One of the definitions of humanities, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “Those branches of knowledge, such as philosophy, literature, and art, that are concerned with human thought and culture; the liberal arts.” Culture is a big part of humanities. Culture, as defined by
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Country rock - formed from the fusion of rock with country (“Country rock“, 2010). Folk rock - combining elements of folk music and rock music (“Folk rock“, 2010). Punk rock - They created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics (“Punk rock“, 2010). Shock rock - is a wide umbrella term for artists who combine rock music with elements of theatrical shock value in live performances (“Shock rock“, 2010). Rhythm and Blues (R&B), Soul, Funk Influenced by R&B (“Rhythm and blues“, 2010). Many artists’ musical roots come from gospel. For example, Elvis Presley started out singing gospel when he was only a few years old later moving onto Rock and Roll (Nite, 1974, p. 495). The art in America of the 60s was influenced by the desire to move into the modern age or future that the space age seemed to forecast. As with the music of the 60s, drugs had an influence on some of the art of the 60s. This art came to be known as psychedelic art (ex. Brummbaer). Major works by Alexander Calder (mobiles and sculpture) or Helen Frankenthaler (non-representational art) showed a desire to escape from details to interpret. Artists wanted to inspire the viewer to leap into the unknown and experience art in their own way. A new artist who appeared was Andy Warhol, a leading name in pop art. Other forms evolving


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