Rock Essay

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The sixties were the age of youth as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. The movement changed from a conservative fifties to a revolutionized way of thinking. Many of the revolutionary ideas which began in the sixties are continuing to evolve today. The music of the 1960s was revolutionary and is marked with the "British invasion" of music. As the late fifties ended and the early sixties came in, the rock stars of the previous decade, The Everlys, Elvis, Roy Orbison, were still popular, but the older pop-music stars were fading away as they struggled to find material that would click with this new generation of music. Eventually rock artists were expected to write their own songs, becoming responsible for everything about how their music sounded. During the early 1960s, numberous British groups who were admirers of American rock and roll broke into the US marker. The invasion was headed by The Beatles. The Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, February 9, 1964. In New York City, there were 50,000 requests for seats in a studio that held only 703 people. An estimated number of 73 million television viewers watched The Beatles perform five songs and they became the music rage of the United States. The Beatles became a legendary band and are arguably the most popular band in music history. By the end of the 1960s, The Beatles broke up and all began their new solo carreers. Another hit during the early 1960s was something called Motown Music. By 1963, it became the most successful black owned record company in the history of American music. The productions were known for their "tight orchestrations and catchy lyrics". Some of the Motown greats were: The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Diana Ross & The Supremes. Classic Rock was the main sound of the 1960s

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