a history of popular music - the 1960s

a history of popular music – the 1960s

Indulgent and dreamlike, the sixties were a paradox of narcissistic abandonment and heightened social consciousness. Dark shadows cast by escalating wars, racial strife, and political assassinations were dispersed by the light of a generation who became empowered by their aspirations for a more promising future. This confluence of weariness and hope was reflected in the music, which was fighting a struggle for its own liberation.

The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You
King Crimson – I Talk To the Wind
Moby Grape – I Am Not Willing
The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes
Nico – I’ll Keep It With Mine
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – I Won’t Hurt You
The Zombies – The Way I Feel Inside
The Troggs – Cousin Jane
Harry Nilsson – One
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
The Staple Singers – New Home
Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
Otis Redding – I Love You More Than Words Can Say
Lisa Richards – Let’s Take a Chance
The Mamas & the Papas – Dedicated to the One I Love
The Shangri Las –I Can Never Go Home Anymore
The Paris Sisters – I Love How You Love Me
Stanley Turrentine – Since I Fell For You
Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples of the Moon
Sarah Vaughan – If I Had You
Patty Waters – I Can’t Forget You
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Para Machucar Meu Coracao
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (1967 Rehearsal)
The Beach Boys – Radio Promo
Simon & Garfunkel – April Comes She Will
The Kinks – Nothin’ In the World Can Stop Me Worrying Bout This Girl
The Association – Never My Love (Single Version)
Mayo Thompson – Black Legs
Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret – Am I That Easy To Forget
The Everly Brothers – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
The Impressions – I’ve Been Trying
The Uniques – My Conversation
Jack Kerouac – Charlie Parker
Yusef Lateef feat. Charlie Parker – Blue Rocky
Moondog – Bird’s Lament
Sam Cooke – It’s All Right/ For Sentimental Reasons
Karlheinz Stockhausen – II Berstend (Krachend)
Grateful Dead – What’s Become of the Baby
White Noise – The Visitation
Rod Freeman & the Blue Men – I Hear a New World
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Struktur III
Christian Wolff – Paris 1968
Tommy James & The Shondells – Cellophane Symphony
Donald Byrd – Cristo Redentor
Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Charles Manson – I’ll Never Say Never To Always

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By the 1960s, a societal smoke-screen that masked the tumult behind a nation beset by war, greed, and social injustice was blown away by a forceful gale of artistic experimentalism, one which blew well past American shores. With musical ambassadors like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones sending shockwaves across the pond, with the emergence of reggae from Jamaican communities, and with a new avant-garde pop scene flourishing in France, the rest of the world seemed unwilling to appreciate American music merely as a spectator, and dance music became a global phenomenon.

The Mothers Of Invention – Are You Hung Up?
Terry Riley – A Rainbow In Curved Air
Yuya Uchida and the Flowers – Intruder
Damon – Don’t You Feel Me
Wool – Love, Love, Love, Love
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – A Child of a Few Hours
Paul Parrish – English Sparrow
Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con
The Stooges – No Fun
The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
The Temptations – Cloud Nine
James Brown – Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)
The Turtles – Buzzsaw
The Meters – Cissy Strut
Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing
Diana Ross & The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
Stevie Wonder – I Was Made to Love Her
Brenda Holloway – When I’m Gone
Nella Dodds – Come See About Me
Them – Baby Please Don’t Go
Question Mark and the Mysterions – You’re Telling Me Lies
Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About a Mover
Animals – Don’t Bring Me Down
Creation – Making Time
The Monks – Monk Time
MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
Love – My Little Red Book
Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
Sonics – Have Love Will Travel
The Who – I Can’t Explain
Jimi Hendrix Experience – If Six Was Nine
Led Zeppelin – What Is and What Should Never Be (Live)
Nina Simone – Sinnerman
Janis Joplin – All Is Loneliness
Silver Apples – Oscillations
Lee Michaels – Tell Me How You Feel
Eddie Bo – Hook and Sling
Bridget Bardot – Contact
Buddy Rich – The Beat Goes On
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
Bobby Marchan – There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 2)
Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour
James and Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
Troggs – With a Girl Like You
Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Israelites
Toots & the Maytels – Pressure Drop
Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh, Happy Day
David Bowie – Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)

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