Rock Music of the 60’s


The 60’s Music and Videos

The decade of the 60’s pulverized Top 40 Radio and splintered early Rock Music into many Genres. This list will feature many of the lesser known music of that decade and as well as introduce younger generations to a great era in music… 

Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in 1950s America and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has its roots in 1940s’ and 1950s’ rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by rhythm and blues and country music.


60’s Video Music Index:

Rock Music of the 60’s
rock-music-of-the-60s-amazon-imageIn the 1960s the two biggest bands in the world—the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones—waged an epic battle. “The Beatles want to hold your hand,” wrote Tom Wolfe, “but the Stones want to burn down your town.” Both groups liked to maintain that they weren’t really “rivals”—that was just a media myth, they politely said—but on both sides of the Atlantic, they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock ’n’ roll debate.

“Do you like good music?”
This review is from: Simply The Best 60’s Album (Audio CD)
rock-music-of-the-60s-amazon-imageThis is a very good compilation of 60s singles by artists from each side of the Atlantic. All the songs are the originals by the artists for whom these songs were hits in the 1960s, with a good selection of US pop and soul and British Invasion pop. The sound is excellent and the sequencing is good.

One little quibble: I understand completely that it’s not possible to get recordings by everyone for compilations like this. However, the accompanying booklet listing events of the 1960s has, among the 47 items, no fewer than 22 which are about artists who aren’t on the compilation. Only 5 artists actually on the compilation are mentioned and the rest of the items are general interest stories. It’s as though whoever wrote the booklet hadn’t seen the track listing. Surely, with 60 artists to choose from (all the tracks are by different artists) enough stories could be found to fill up the booklet without needing stories about people who aren’t on the set!

Nevertheless, this is a very good overview of 60s music, bringing back memories for those of us who were there and giving an entertaining introduction to the music of that era for younger fans.