The Doors
‘Music as ritual’; lyrics like ‘Beat’ poetry
Ray Manzarek (keyboard/keyboard bass)
Unique electric organ based sound
Jim Morrison (vocals)
Pre-punk prototype of self-destructive frontman
Fan of hallucinogenics and Native American rituals
Music/lyrics explored dark side of emotions and drug use
Sept. 17-appear on Ed Sullivan show
Morrison agrees not to sing ‘Girl we couldn’t get much higher’ but does anyway
Jimi Hendrix
Appears at Woodstock
One of the greatest electric guitarists
Expanded the vocabulary of the electric guitar
Cosmic feedback, Roaring distortion, Unparalleled theatrics, ‘Guitar an extension of his body’
Worked for Little Richard in early ‘60s
Formed his own band in NYC in ‘64:
Later formed the Jimi H. Experience
‘Little Wing’-1967
Jimi on bells as well!
Bob Dylan
Musical trend-setter; first ‘singer-songwriter’
Broke rule that singer needed a ‘good voice’
He will set the standard for lyric-writing
Confessional singer/songwriter
Social/Political/Personal stories
Blowin’ In The Wind (1962) NPR
Neil Young
Canadian born singer-songwriter
Known for guitar work & high tenor voice
Co-founded Buffalo Springfield (1966-68)
Member of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
These performers inducted into R&R Hall of Fame twice
Performed with Crazy Horse (late ‘60s-’70s)
Godfather of Grunge…
Jefferson Airplane
One of the most sought-after and highly-paid concert acts in the ’60s
Only band to have performed at all three of the most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (‘67), Woodstock (‘69) and
Altamont (‘69)
‘Surrealistic Pillow’ LP & the song White Rabbit
Groundbreaking folk-based psychedelic LP
White Rabbit version of Alice in Wonderland
Drug references, phrygian mode, bolero rhythm
Initially formed as a folk group by singer Marty Balin and guitarist Paul Kantner
Janis Joplin
Band was inspired by classical & blues music
Introduced “Blues in Technicolor”
Avant-garde approach to the sounds and overall concept, appealing to those on LSD
She came from Port Arthur, Texas
With BB & the Holding Co in ’66-’68, solo in ’69
“Piece of My Heart” (p12, 1968)
The Rockers
They emulated Brando’s motorcycle gang leader character in The Wild One film
Liked Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Chochran
Often engaged in brawls with the Mods
Wore leather clothes
Rode motorcycles
Paul Butterfield
American blues revival
singer and harpist from Chicago
‘Walkin’ Blues’-Paul Butterfield Band, 1966
Paul Revere/ Raiders
They wore revolutionary uniforms
The Kingsmen and “Louie Louie”
Portland, OR garage band that succeeded with their $50 recording of a 1956 calypso-influenced rhythm and blues song
Rose to number two in 1963
Eric Clapton (guitar); Jack Bruce (bass/vocals); Ginger Baker (drums)
Electrified + amped-up blues; trio format gave each member room to be soloistic
First successful power rock trio; set the template for future groups
First supergroup “group whose performers are already famous from having performed individually or in other groups.”
They established the idea of virtuosity in rock music
Beach Boys and Beatles were talented song writers and utilized the studio creatively, but were not virtuosic performers
‘Sunshine of Your Love’-1967
The Yardbirds
spawning ground for guitarists:
Eric Clapton (left when group became ‘too commercial’), Jeff Beck & lastly Jimmy Page
More dedicated to the blues than the Stones
Beck quit and Page continued on with the band until they disbanded in 1968
Page formed a new band with new personnel, the them in commitments
He changed the name of this new group to Led Zeppelin
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
(Father of British Blues) proved to be a training ground for a number of great performers
Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (both later in Cream)
Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (later all in Fleetwood Mac)
Mick Taylor (later in The Rolling Stones),
‘Someday After Awhile’-BB, ‘66
The Who
Key figures in the Mod movement
Stuttering in ‘My Generation’ like one on amphetamines
Promoted ‘60s London ‘Carnaby Street’ look
Townshend and Entwistle came out of ‘trad’ jazz
Fragments of “Lifehouse” project
Was intended as a science fiction rock opera follow-up to “Tommy”
Wrapped in computer tech & virtual reality
Songs like Baba O’Riley, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes
Anthems for teenagers of the ’70s like My Generation was for teenagers the ’60s
Cornerstones of ‘70s FM album-oriented rock
‘Behind Blue Eyes’-Townshend & cover
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’-Townshend
Pete Townshend
Angry, guitar-smashing performer and song writer
John Entwistle
bass/Fr. horn
Calm, guitar-like melodies, treble sound
Roger Daltrey
lead vocals
Macho swagger, twirling microphones
Keith Moon
From The Whos
wild druming
The Kinks
Song “See My Friends” was written in India and influenced the Beatles to incorporate sitar in their music
Provide a template for future punk and influenced groups like the Clash and the Ramones
Theme album: ‘Lola vs. Powerman & the
Moneygoround, Pt. 1’
Addressed problems that rock stars face in their careers
‘Lola’ about a man that falls for a beautiful girl (?
Ray Davies
‘whining’ nasal vocals and good writing
The Hollies
enjoyed a good deal of chart success
Graham Nash, would later unite with Steven Stills and David Crosby
Known for tight vocal harmony and precision
One of their biggest hits was “Bus Stop” (p5, 1966)
The Grateful Dead
formerly the Warlocks
Known for their unique and eclectic songwriting style
Elements of rock, folk music, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazz – and for its long modal jams
The band’s numerous fans called Deadheads
When playing at the acid tests, they began developing an improvisational style
Membership included:
Bandleader Jerry Garcia played lead guitar
Classically-trained Phil Lesh played bass guitar
Mickey Hart played a wide variety of percussion
‘Dark Star’-1970, ‘Uncle Johns’ Band’-1970
The Kingsmen
influential of the early garage band songs was “Louie Louie”
it was simple and repititious, and the way they singer, Jack Ely, slopped through the lyrics lent.
The Impressions
defined sixties Chicago souls. Were formed by gospel singers who decided to branch out and sing secular songs.
Smoky Robinson
singer who had written songs for his group, the Matadores
The Supremes
sang about love and lost relationships to a slightly more mature audience
Carlos Santana
rock guitarist who branched out from the latin-based rock style of his own band to record the album love, devotion, surrender. Continued to play fusion.
Mick Taylor
rock musician who worked with the Bluesbreakeres as a guitarist