1960s British Rock and Pop


When I prepared the first version of this chronology in 1995, I found few materials that contextualized who did what and when. The notable exception was Mark Lewisohn whose chronologies of the Beatles have set the standard. Since that time, a number of other authors have contributed chronological treatments of the best-known performers (the Who, the Stones, the Small Faces, the Kinks, and Pink Floyd) and discographic information appears more regularly. When I lived in London in 1996, I was delighted to find that Mojo had its own more focused chronology appearing each month. I have not copied their style and format, nor their information necessarily (indeed, they make mistakes too), but I do compare notes. I will also observe that I began my chronology independently.
Among my sources I include the major British music trade papers, The New Musical Express and Melody Maker. These are invaluable both as voices of the British musical establishment and as markers of events. Moreover, I recommend a careful reading of these papers to anyone wishing to get a more nuanced understanding of the era. Of course, trade papers include creative interpretations of musical history, but, regognizing that PR agents have a right to work too, these papers nevertheless document when things happened and whom the community understood to be involved. Students in my classes at Skidmore have also been contributing to month-by-month listing of the Contents of the New Musical Express, 1953-1969. Among the principal sources for chart action, I have drawn on Gambaccini, Rice, and Rice (1995). Another source has been The Times for corroborating economic, political, and military history. Finally, annual gazetteers such as The Annual Register (Ivison MacAdam, editor; Longmans, Green and Co., Ltd., London) have provided convenient lists of events.

Badman, Keith and Terry Rawlings. 1997. Quite Naturally the Small Faces: A Day-to-day Guide to the Career of a Pop Group. London: Complete Music Publications, Ltd.
Campbell, Malcolm. 2001. The Shadows at EMI: The Vinyl Legacy. St. Andrews, Scotland: Idmon Publications.
Charlesworth, Chris. 1994. The Rolling Stones: A Visual Documentary by Miles. London: Omnibus Press.
Cunningham, Mark. 1998. Good Vibrations: A History of Record Production. Forwards by Alan Parsons and Brian Eno. London: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd.
Fletcher, Tony. 1999. Moon (The Life and Death of a Rock Legend). New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Foster, Mo. 2000. 17 Watts? The Birth of British Rock Guitar. Edited by March Cunningham. Forward by Hank B. Marvin. London: Santuary Publishing Ltd.
Frame, Pete. 1993. The Complete Rock Family Trees. London: Omnibus Press.
. 1997. The Beatles and Some Other Guys: Rock Family Trees of the Early Sixties.. London: Omnibus Press.
Gambaccini, Paul, Tim Rice, and Jonathan Rice. 1995. British Hit Singles [10th Edition]. Enfield, Middlesex, Great Britain: Guiness Publishing. [Based on New Musical Express (1952-60) and Record Retailer (1960-1995).]
Hinman, Doug. 2004. The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night, Day-by-day Concerts, Recordings, and Broadcasts, 1961-1996. San Francisco: Backbeat Books.
Hjort, Christopher and Doug Hinman. 2000. Jeff's Book: A Chronology of Jeff Beck's Career, 1965-1980. Rumford, Rhode Island: Rock 'n' Roll Research Press.
Joynson, Vernon. 1995. The Tapestry of Delights: The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic, and Progressive Eras, 1963-1976. Telford, UK: Borderline Productions.
Lewisohn, Mark. 1988. The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books.
. 1992. The Complete Beatles Chronicle. New York: Harmony Books.
Marsh, Dave. 1983. Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who. London: Plexus Publishing Limited.
Marwick, Arthur. 1998. The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, c.1958-c.1974. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Melly, George. 1972. Revolt into Style: The Pop Arts in Britain. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books.
McMichael, Jel and Jack Lyons. 1997. The Who Concert File. London: Omnibus Press.
n.a. 1959. Keesing's Contemporary Archives: Weekly Diary of World Events, 1957-58.
Neill, Andy and Matt Kent. 2002. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who, 1958-1978. London: Michael Freidman Publishing Group, Inc.
Povey, Glen and Ian Russell. 1997. Pink Floyd in the Flesh: The Complete Performance History. New York: St. Martin's Griffin.
Romanowski, Patricia and Holly George-Warren with Jon Pareles. 1995. The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. New York: Fireside.
Schaffner, Mark. 1983. The British Invasion: From the first Wave to the New Wave. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company.
Shapiro, Harry. 1996. Alexis Korner: The Biography. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Shapiro, Harry and Caesar Glebbeek. 1995. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy. New York: St. Martin's Griffin.
Strong, M. C. 1995. The Great Rock Discography. [2nd Edition] Edinburgh: Canongate Books.
Sutch, Lord David with Peter Chippindale. 1991. Life as Sutch: The Official Autobiography of a Monster Raving Loony. London: Harper Collins Publishers.
Paul Trynka (editor). 1996. Rock Hardware. London: Balafon Books.
Welch, Chris. 1995. Teenage Wasteland: The Early Who. Chessington, Surrey: Castle Communications.
Yorke, Ritchie. 1993. Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography. Novato, California: Underwood-Miller.

Notes to Recordings
Barnes, Ken. 1993. Annotations to The History of the Dave Clark Five. Hollywood Records HR-61482-2.
Bronson, Harold. 1988-91. Annotations to The British Invasion: The History of British Rock. Rhino Records R2 70319-70327. [9 volumes]
Eder, Bruce. 1989. Annotations to The Rolling Stones Singles Collection* The London Years. ABCO 1231-2.
Lanza, Vic and Brian Hogg. 1992. Annotations for The Complete Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. EMI077 79994 8 2 3.
Palao, Alec. 1997. Annotations for Zombie Heaven.. London: Big Beat Records LC 5982.

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