Twentieth Century people influenced by Transcendentalism - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in 1968 and is currently the second best-selling band of all time.
The original band consisted of Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Bonham (drums), and John Paul
Jones (bass and keyboard). The band was actively touring and recording until 1980, when John Bonham died.
Led Zeppelin was one of the most influential bands of their time, revolutionizing music. Some people call them the
start of hard rock and heavy metal music.I think that Thoreau's ideas of nonconformity, respect for nature, and
optimism are evident in their music.

Plant and Page in Montreux (1970)
Plant and Page in Montreux (1970)
People looking back at Led Zeppelin in the early 70's, or even people in
that time, would probably think the members of Led Zeppelin dressed a little unusually. This, combined with Plant's
distinctive voice and Page's original guitar work, express to me their nonconformity. I don't think they cared how
other people thought they looked. They were being original with the way they dressed and the way they performed,
and I think it worked.

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Their optimism and respect for nature is evident in nearly all of their songs.
They didn't write their music so that it would fit in with what everyone else
was doing; they wrote music that sounded good and had a meaning. The
reason they revolutionized music is because everything they wrote was original, and people liked it.



Twentieth Century People Influenced by Transcendentalism: Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is a rock band formed in Seattle in 1990. The current members are Eddie Vedder (vocals),
Jeff Ament (bass guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar), Mike McCready (lead guitar), and Matt Cameron (drums).
Pearl Jam was created after the end of Ament and Gossard's former band Mother Love Bone, and Eddie Vedder was
recruited for vocals.
Pearl Jam in 2006
Pearl Jam in 2006

At first, People criticized Pearl Jam for cashing in on the "grunge" trend in the early 90's, but over time they gained
more respect for not following traditional practices in the music industry. They produced very few music videos and
boycotted ticketmaster. I think that, because of their refusal to adhere to the standards, they could be considered
transcendentalists. Pearl Jam was one of the most influential bands of the early 90's.

The members of Pearl Jam are famous for rejecting excess and supporting what they believe. In a 2000 interview, Vedder said, "I think at some point along the way we began feeling we wanted to give people something to believe in because we all had bands that gave that to us when we needed something to believe in. That was the big challenge for us after the first record and the response to it. The goal immediately became how do we continue to be musicians and grow and survive in view of all this... The answers weren’t always easy, but I think we found a way."



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Transcendentalism in Popular Culture: Never the Machine Forever by Soundgarden
I can't live when it lives
It won't live if I die
Machine has no heart to give
Heart it takes could be mine
Come on
Come down
Come out from where you hide
Follows me down the river
Shadows me through the sky
A sideways glance in the mirror
Stalemate machine in a tie
Come on
Come down
Come out from where you hide
Get up Get off
Get on with your life
Forever means all is not seen
Never means forever brings everything
I fashion will and desire
Always I and I survive
Mercurial mind the fire
Ferrivorous direction and drive
Come on
Come down
Come out from where you hide
Get up
Get off
Get on with your life
Presently, I see myself clearer
Why time I visualize
I spy device in the mirror
Checkmate watch machine die

There is no clear meaning to this song, but I think it is about the speaker's inner frustration with the "machine."
I think this song ties in with Thoreau's belief in nonconformity. The speaker doesn't want to just become part of
the machine. I think the most meaningful part of these lyrics is "Machine has no heart to give." He is probably
trying to say that the government is an emotionless entity, and he is dissatisfied with the way it works.


Transcendentalism in Popular Culture: I Am Mine by Pearl Jam
The selfish, they're all standing in line
Faithing and hoping to buy themselves time
Me, I figure as each breath goes by
I only own my mind

The North is to South what the clock is to time
There's east and there's west and there's everywhere life
I know I was born and I know that I'll die
The in between is mine
I am mine

And the feeling, it gets left behind
All the innocence lost at one time
Significant, behind the eyes
There's no need to hide
We're safe tonight

The ocean is full 'cause everyone's crying
The full moon is looking for friends at hightide
The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrow's denied
I only know my mind
I am mine

And the meaning, it gets left behind
All the innocents lost at one time
Significant, behind the eyes
There's no need to hide
We're safe tonight

And the feelings that get left behind
All the innocents broken with lies
Significance, between the lines
(We may need to hide)

And the meanings that get left behind
All the innocents lost at one time
We're all different behind the eyes
There's no need to hide

I think the meaning of this song is that you should be yourself. This was very important in Thoreau's and
Emerson's teachings. These lyrics remind me of the quote: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." It is important to be yourself and let others be themselves.
The most important part of this song is "I only own my mind."


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