The sixties were the greatest generation ever.
When debating the greatest generations of all time, arguments can be made for any ten-year block. Generally, individuals will maintain a bias in regards to their own decade, believing no other generation could ever rank higher. However, in regards to the impact upon rock music the sixties were the greatest generation.
Classic rock began in the sixties and it is the foundation rock music has been built on today. The events in the world were pushing the youth of America to outright rebellion. The Vietnam war was going on inspiring many to respond with defiant acts of peace. Musicians disinterested in supporting a war being fought against people with whom they had no quarrel. This public outcry forced the shift that could be seen in the transformation of bands like The Beatles ditching the clean-cut boy band to the join “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” in “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin thrived in the sixties musical generation. They were products of the hippie peace and love movement indiscriminately absorbing those who had grown weary of the violence abroad. Janis Joplin is known as much for her music as she is for the free-spirited lifestyle. Joplin sang like she lived, uniquely and passionately. Her cover of “Me and Bobby McGee” could be an anthem for the sixties. Hendrix redefined how to use the electric guitar, dazzling the musical community with sounds from his hypnotizing electric guitar performances.
Hendrix is the godfather of the electric guitar inspired in the sixties great musical generation.
The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles are three of the greatest bands of all time, aspects of their style was born out of an attitude of the sixties motto of love and peace. There was a wanting, a yearning for creativity and searching for expansion of the mind through higher levels of learning. Hippie communities unintentionally stumbled into a powerful unified front with a non-violent agenda. The trip was the walk away from ‘the machine’ to join ‘the movement.’
In August of ’69, the culmination of sixties counterculture took center stage as Woodstock became the festival written into history books. Woodstock gave everyone a place to be part of the community that was giving a middle finger to the U.S. government. From Joe Cocker’s performance of “Get High With A Little Help From Friends” to Jimi Hendrix shredding the electric guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” proof of the sixties greatest musical generation was fittingly capped off in its final year.
If debating the greatest decade for music, even if you have no idea, the sixties is the greatest musical decade of all time. the population of per capita rock legends is far and away the highest of any other by a landslide. The greats musicians of the sixties are how we define legends of classic rock. The sixties are one of the most intriguing years in American history because of the extraordinary circumstances occurring around the world. These remarkable events shaped a decade of the greatest music all time.