Buffalo Springfield’s 1966 Classic Holds Its Own More Than Fifty Years Later

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

Now THIS is what I call a classic! Every song you hear on the radio today pales in comparison to this incredible rock ‘n roll tune.

Nowadays, Buffalo Springfield’s anthem “For What It’s Worth,” is the soundtrack to every documentary or news special about the late ’60s. But if you actually remember the ’60s, it probably means something a little different to your ears, just like this performance by rock pioneer Rosetta Tharpe.

Buffalo Springfield was a short-lived band, but it launched the musical careers of both Neil Young and Stephens Stills, who went on to form one half of folk supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and to inspire musicians like this incredible young man.

A lot of their initial success was thanks to this song, which they wrote in 1966, and which topped the charts in 1967.

Though a lot of people still mistake the poignant tune as an anti-war song protesting the Vietnam War, it actually has nothing to do with the war. In fact, it was inspired by the Sunset Strip riots that rocked Los Angeles when the band was first starting out.

This was one of the most exciting times in the history of music, and young rock fans came out in droves to see their favorite bands perform around LA. When the city instituted curfew laws to appease residents, this unstoppable generation came out in droves to protect their rights.

Buffalo Springfield, one of the bands drawing those crowds of music fans, wrote “For What It’s Worth” to support the voices of the protesters, while also promoting a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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