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by Justin Farrar

August 11, 2014

Radio: '60s Rock

by Justin Farrar  |  August 11, 2014

There exist two quite different eras within the '60s. The first is the mythical '60s (i.e. The Sixties), which didn't actually span the full decade, just the years 1964 through '69. It revolves around a narrative oft-told by those Boomers who believe their youth commenced with The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February of '64 and ended when a half-million hippies swamped Max Yasgur's upstate New York dairy farm in August of '69 for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. The soundtrack to this '60s consists of the British Invasion, psychedelia, folk rock and, toward the end, country rock. As for the other four years of the '60s (1960 through '63), well, they have largely and erroneously been dismissed as a naïve age (no Fabs, no Jimi, just a lot of "silly" surf music and teen idol fare) that came crashing down when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963. For a lot of folks who came of age during the decade these two eras are nothing less oil and water.

But rather than choose one version over the other, our '60s Rock station actually mixes together all that wonderful oil and water in attempt to offer our listeners a musical tour that truly is comprehensive. No playing favorites and no choosing sides. We instead deliver all the classic music that was made during a 10-year span that without argument transformed the world. This means you get the whole enchilada, people, from The Beach Boys' fun-loving surf anthems to the feedback-soaked acid rock of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Along the way expect to hear both landmark hits and vital deep cuts from the decade's greatest artists. These include (in addition to those already mentioned) The Rolling Stones, Dion, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, The Ventures, The Who, The Ronettes, The Kinks, Jan & Dean and many, many others. From the surfers to the hippies to the folkies, our '60s Rock station has a little something for everyone.

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