Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

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346 – Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth (1967)
Written by Stephen Stills
Produced by Charles Greene and Brian Stone
Label – Atco

Written by Stephen Stills in response to witnessing an ugly street battle between police and youths on Sunset Strip, it’s the gentle anthem that epitomises the counter culture that swept through the U.S. in the late 60s. The simple guitar harmonics, the stately arrangement, and Stills’ relaxed vocal delivery makes for the sweetest swipe at authority and confirmation that angry cries for revolution can mean just as much when treated with the gentle subtlety that drives this classic tune.

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