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American Rock and Pop in the 1960s


Murican Music in the 1960s

The American music charts were dominated by the

success of the British Invasion in the early 1960s. Soul was also becoming more popular from the Southern US. Rock n Roll had lost its popularity. America was looking for its own new style. This gave way to the new styles of folk-rock and countryrock, also with slightly harder rock in the form of blues rock. Towards the end of the decade, psychedelic rock also emerged.

Bob Dylan - Instrumentation

Bob Dylan was a solo singer/song writer. He used: Acoustic Guitar Vocals Harmonica Later he used a rock band line-up (Lead vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums + other percussion, and backing vocals.

Performance and Arrangement

Folk-influenced composition, simple chordal

accompaniment but with clever use of melody and chord structures. Vocal tone often described as nasal or whiny, some people may find it unpleasant. At least its not Green Day. Lyrics would often have a message in them, addressing current affairs in politics and exploring philosophy.

Key Facts and Terminology

Bob Dylans songwriting talent was noticed by many

bands, with him writing songs for artists like The Birds and The Hollies Dylan was closely involved with the American civil rights movement, campaigning for equality through marches and demonstrations. This is reflected in his music such as in his third album, The Times They Are a-Changing, which contained many political songs on issues such as poverty and racism.

Key Facts and Terminology

The influence of other rock bands led to Dylan including

electric guitars and a generic rock band line-up for his 1965 album Bringin It All Back Home. From this album onwards, Dylan stuck with the electric country-rock line-up. Dylan continued to write and perform with a wide rage if artists during the 1970s, having established himself as one of the top songwriters in rock and pop music. He still remains active today, on the road with the Never Ending Tour.

Main Artists
Bob Dylan

The Times They Are A-Changin 1964

Knockin on Heavens Door - 1973

The Eagles
Hotel California 1977

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Southern Cross - 1981