Sure, there have been lots of events that shaped the face of rock music. These are the ones that left a nasty mark on the face of humanity. Humanity with ears.
Elvis Presley and Sun Records get together to make record ‘That’s All Right Mama.
Phil Spector formulates the Wall of Sound
James Brown: Live at the Apollo
The Beatles come to America
Bob Dylan and Beatles smoke a fatty
LSD dates rock music and gets to third base
- July 1965
Dylan plays the Newport Folk Festival
The Who records “the” anthem, ‘My Generation’
The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ is released
The Beatles record ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ for Sgt Peppers
Brian Wilson makes Pet Sounds
Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock and ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ 1969
The Rolling Stones play Altamont
Black Sabbath release their self-titled first album
David Bowie fashions Ziggy Stardust
John Lennon is murdered
MTV and watching music
The Live Aid concert
Nirvana and Pearl Jam
Napster lets the cat out of the bag
After Napster it’s all just a blur.
Music becomes ubiquitous and free one way or another. Music is no longer a commodity. Anybody and everybody can record and distribute music cheaply. The paradox of infinite choice makes it hard for any one artist or band to truly have real mass consensus. Oh, sure there’s always a few who cut through. But, for most everyone, there are 10,000 in meek obscurity.
Don’t believe me? Get 10 friends together and ask them to give you 10 bands or artists that really matter to them. Sit in amazement as you compare lists.
Here’s my list of bands the mean the most to me. No worries if it doesn’t match yours. It’s infinite and murky out there.
Rolling Stones, The Verve, Carole King, The National, Shins, Death Cab For Cutie, War On Drugs, Elton John, Decemberists, Beatles and about 40 more.