Our third “Senior Seminar Spotlight” comes by way of Chad DeSota, who interviewed Kiernan Tollefson. If you missed Zach Chapin’s earlier post on Chad DeSota, please click here to check that out!
Kiernan Tollefson grew up most of his life in Kentucky. In the last eight years however,he has lived in the small town of Lindstrom, Minnesota. Kiernan enjoys music and playing his guitar. He is always writing songs and has started to release some of his music. He also enjoys fishing in the summer and going on day trips to go hiking. Road trips and camping are some of his favorite activities.
During Kiernan’s sophomore year of college, he did not really know what he wanted to major in. He decided upon a history major once seeing that he had the most credits going towards a history major and having some interest in it. Kiernan’s research topic is on popular music in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s and what effect it had on public perception of the Vietnam War. His love for this era’s music led him to picking this topic. He also states that knowing the music of this era had a large effect on the counter-cultural movements that founded the America we know now. He enjoys seeing the impact that music has on individuals and the influence it can have on an entire generation. When asked what genre of music or what musicians would be a focus for his research, he responded by saying that the dominant music that produced many of the protest songs were rock and folk music. He wil lbe looking at musical groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix.