Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Social Commentary Soul


The music released by Motown Records in the sixties is usually thought of as great dance music. But many of the songs were very inventive songs that commented on society. "Love Child" by Diana Ross & The Supremes was about growing up in a slum and the music stands out as one of the most unique pieces of the entire decade with its wandering melody. Marvin Gaye's hit "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" captured the growing feeling of paranoia in society and relationships. "Ball Of Confusion" by The Temptations dealt with the pessimistic state of the world at that time.

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