Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Toward a Peaceful Revolution


One of the characteristics of modern rock in the eighties was that it had an expanded, more international sound. Reggae music had been developing in Jamaica and other tropical places since the fifties. The artist who made the biggest mark in this genre was Bob Marley. Many of his songs called for peace as in "Redemption Song" while he also did songs about revolution such as "Get Up, Stand Up." Marley first put records out in the sixties and issued a rich catalogue of concept reggae throughout the seventies and early eighties. He popularized the genre in America. Marley inspired a whole new generation to embrace reggae and one of the new leaders in the genre became Marley's son Ziggy, who had a very moving melodic hit about moving toward a more caring society called "Tomorrow People."

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