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Title:
1965 : the most revolutionary year in music
Author:
Jackson, Andrew Grant, 1969- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
xxii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
An exploration of the year in which "the Beatles played Shea Stadium and made their first major artistic statement with Rubber Soul, the Rolling Stones topped the American charts for the first time with the sexually aggressive (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, ... the Who staked out their territory with the classic My Generation, Bob Dylan released his six-minute opus Like a Rolling Stone from Highway 61 Revisited and sent shock waves through the music community when he went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, Barry Maguire sang of the Eve of Destruction, and Simon and Garfunkel released their first number-one hit with The Sounds of Silence"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Contents:
1965 selected time line -- A change is gonna come -- I shall be free -- I. Winter : I got a head full of ideas ; Hitsville USA and the sovereigns of soul ; The Brill and the Beach Boys fight back ; Resolution: A Love Supreme, Malcolm X, and the march from Selma to Montgomery -- II. Spring : Nashville versus Bakersfield ; West Coast nights ; England swings ; Satisfaction ; Long hair and the pill on trial -- III. Summer : The king of pop art and the girl of the year ; Masterpiece highs and the boos of Newport ; Hello, Vietnam ; Folk-rock explosion, part one -- Soulsville and the Godfather challenge hitsville to get raw ; In the heat of the summer -- Help! -- IV. Autumn : Next day you turn around and it's fall ; Folk-rock explosion, part two ; It came from the garage ; Anarchy and androgyny, British style ; Got to keep on moving ; Warhol meets the Velvet Underground and Nico ; Acid Oz ; Rubber soul ; Christmas time is here -- Strike another march, go start anew.
ISBN:
9781250059628
Format :
Book

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Summary

During twelve unforgettable months in the middle of the turbulent Sixties, America saw the rise of innovative new sounds that would change popular music as we knew it. In 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music , music historian Andrew Grant Jackson ( Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers ) chronicles a ground-breaking year of creativity fueled by rivalries between musicians and continents, sweeping social changes, and technological breakthroughs.

While the Beatles played Shea Stadium and made their first major artistic statement with Rubber Soul , the Rolling Stones topped the American charts for the first time with the sexually aggressive "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and the Who staked out their territory with the classic "My Generation." Bob Dylan released his six-minute opus "Like a Rolling Stone" from Highway 61 Revisited and sent shock waves through the music community when he went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. Barry Maguire sang of the "Eve of Destruction" and Simon and Garfunkel released their first number-one hit with "The Sounds of Silence."

Never before had popular music been so diverse. Soul and funk became prime forces of desegregation as James Brown scored his first Top Ten songs, the Temptations topped the charts with "My Girl," and Otis Redding released the classic LP Otis Blue with his composition "Respect." Meanwhile, The Righteous Brothers' version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" became the longest song to hit number one. Country music reached new heights with the Nashville and Bakersfield sounds. John Coltrane released his jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme . Bob Marley released his first album with the Wailers. And in Northern California, the Grateful Dead gave their first performances at Ken Kesey's "Acid Test" parties.

Jackson weaves fascinating and often surprising stories into a panoramic narrative of the seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, Youthquake, the miniskirt, the Pill, psychedelics, and Vietnam. 1965 is a fascinating account of a defining year that produced some of the greatest songs, albums, and artists of all time.


Author Notes

ANDREW GRANT JACKSON is the author of Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers and Where's Ringo? He has written for Rolling Stone, Yahoo!, Slate's "Blogging the Beatles," Baseline Studio System , music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Street , and Dispatch , and copyedited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue . He directed and cowrote the feature film The Discontents starring Perry King and Amy Madigan and served as actor Jeff Bridges's development associate at AsIs Productions. He lives in Los Angeles.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A lot of revolutionary things happened in the musical world during the pivotal year of 1965. That was the year, Jackson argues, that rock and roll evolved into the premiere art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal liberty throughout the Western world. New sounds were explored while the civil rights movement reached its apotheosis; Motown savored the height of its popularity; James Brown invented funk; and country outlaws, including Johnny Cash, rebelled against the sterile Nashville sound. Jackson proceeds season by season. In winter 1965, Dylan records Bringing It All Back Home, the Brill Building songwriters and the Beach Boys offer an American alternative to the ubiquitous British Invasion, and John Coltrane releases his classic Love Supreme. Spring brings the Byrds' shimmering jingle-jangle guitar sound and the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction. In summer, Dylan turns electric at the Newport Folk Festival and is booed. As autumn begins, folk-rock tops the charts. The year ends with the Beatles' release of Rubber Soul. Jackson presents a thoroughly entertaining romp through one mighty year in pop-music history.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Five decades ago, the Beatles kicked off the year 1965 in popular music with "I Feel Fine," which, music writer Jackson notes, was the first intentional use of feedback on a record. According to this uneven narrative, in 1965, the escalation of the Vietnam War, fighting in the streets of L.A. and Detroit, and political strife fueled a revolution in popular music, igniting the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, the Supremes, Otis Redding, and Buck Owens, among many others. Jackson narrates the well-trod evolution of music season by season and month by month, resulting in sometimes repetitive history. He emphasizes the ways that music develops as one artist hears another's riff or lyric and builds a new sound on it. For example, when Brian Wilson heard the Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," it inspired him to write "God Only Knows," the centerpiece of Pet Sounds. Roger McGuinn went out and bought a Rickenbacker electric 12-string guitar after he heard George Harrison playing one, and the jangly sound soon became McGuinn's trademark with the Byrds. Despite the book's flaws, Jackson's rapid-fire jaunt through the musical highlights of 1965-the rise of Motown and Stax Records, the early music of David Bowie, the arrival of the Bakersfield sound-is a helpful survey for readers unfamiliar with the history of popular music. Agent: Charlie Viney, Viney Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Author and journalist Jackson (Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers) makes the case that 1965 was an exceptionally pivotal year in popular music in this entertaining synthesis of cultural and social history. The titans of 1960s rock (Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones) released some of their most historic recordings during 1965, which are examined closely, as are debuts from the Byrds and the Who and exciting new music from the Beach Boys and the Supremes. Jackson also surveys a wide swath of music encompassing Motown, R&B, pop, folk rock, country, jazz, easy listening, ska, and garage rock, illuminating dozens of songs, albums, and movements that would influence both the present and the future of music. Moving chronologically the author explores the key releases and figures in all these genres and intersperses background sketches on some of the major historical events of this iconic year from civil rights to Vietnam and from the miniskirt to pop art. VERDICT Utilizing myriad sources, memoirs, and articles, Jackson weaves the story of a year in which a combination of forces that included a sense of experimentation and revolution and the thriving of a competitive spirit among musicians combined with rapidly moving social changes to forever shape American musical culture. It will appeal to music fans and those interested in the Sixties.-James Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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