Sixties Rock

One of the magic moments when the most popular music was also the best. The separation between this list and the Sixties Soul list is absolutely arbitrary. In the unlikely event you don’t already know this music, the best way to get a sense of the ferment is to listen to the box sets of the Monterey and Woodstock festivals, where you’ll hear from many of the musicians who got elbowed off this list to make room for some of my quirky favorites. The most obvious person missing from the crate is Jimi Hendrix. You’ll hear him at both of the festivals. In the meantime, you can read David Henderson’s ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child, and Jonathan Gould’s Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America, both of which put the music in dialog with the world it was reflecting and helping shape.

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