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50 Years Later – How 1969 Changed Rock Music Forever And How It May Propel 2019 Album Sales


For music fans, 2019 may turn out to be a classic rock gold mine and for record companies the year could end up being one of the greatest album reissue years in history as some of the greatest albums in music history turn 50 in 2019.

By the late 1960s the music scene in the U.S. and England was in a state of limbo. The British Invasion had come and taken both sides of the Atlantic by storm but by 1969 the glory days of Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, and Gerry and the Pacemakers were long gone. The Summer of Love which enveloped the U.S., and in particular the San Francisco Bay Area, was two years in the rear view mirror, leaving acts like Country Joe and the Fish, Donovan and, heaven help us, Strawberry Alarm Clock, in a veritable musical wasteland. Music fans had had enough of psychadelica and were looking for a more cynical, harder edge sound to correspond to the images of violence in the streets and the horror of the Vietnam War that permeated the evening newscasts. This social maelstrom would ultimately prove responsible for the birth of what we now consider “classic rock”, a guitar laced infusion of high octane energy sorely missing in most 1960s bands which produced some of the greatest albums in rock music history.

Half a century later, record companies are salivating at the prospect of so many exceptional albums celebrating their 50th birthdays. Consider the list of recording acts who released some of their greatest musical work during the year. The Beatles released the final album they would record, Abbey Road, The Rolling Stones put out Let It Bleed, The Who sprung their rock opera Tommy on an unsuspecting musical public, Led Zeppelin would release not just

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