The best rock songs of the 70s (Barri McGuire – Eve of destruction)
In 1965, there were those who thought that the world was coming to an end. The Vietnam War continued, leaving destruction, desolation, and death in its wake; segregationism was still practiced in some regions of the same Malcolm X, one of the historical defenders of African American rights, was assassinated; President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had also been assassinated years before and, with him, many of the things that a large part of the American public held for this charismatic; the Arab-Israeli conflict was already beginning to manifest itself, shortly after, in 1967, it was going to explode in the Six Days;
the cold war between the United States and the USSR It was in full swing, the Cuban missile crisis was still in our memory; And, as if that weren't enough, the threat of a possible atomic war increased with China's first nuclear test on October 16, 1964. In this context, a young man of only nineteen named PF Sloan decided to write a song full of anger, and frustration to expose the world around him, a harsh and pessimistic narrative of what he considered "The Eve of Destruction."
"Eve of Destruction" is one of the great songs of all time, one of the most explicit and incisive popular music ever produced, with songs as devastating as: "be old enough to kill, but vote"; "If the button is pressed there is no escape, there will be no one to save"; “Hate your next door neighbor, but don't forget to say thank you”, also denouncing the hypocrisy of the society with which he had to live; or "You can leave here, in four days, but when you return it will be the same direct allusion to the space race as a smokescreen to hide the real problems of the people. The song was gifted to Byrds, although it was finally recorded by American singer-songwriter Barry McGuire. They prepared a demo that was leaked in view of the success it had, they decided on this provisional recording, which was finally the one that was released.