EXPERIENCE ROCK & POP HISTORY!
For many people music is music, and whatever feels good surely Rocks in its own way.
“Rock” has become a ubiquitous term in our lexicon to represent an action, thought, place, sound, feeling, visual, person, group, or just about anything that displays and affects a spirit of enjoyment and quality that touches one’s heart and soul.
In that sense, Pop music surely Rocks too, but for the masses where are the lines drawn for purist tastes and categorical references? The answer lies no further than with The Beatles.
If we look at The Beatles’ Meet The Beatles album cover it clearly states, “The First Album By England’s Phenomenal Pop Combo”. Granted this was the accepted term at the time, but it also categorized the type of music as “Popular”; as in, not too hard, not too soft.
Despite debates that will probably never be resolved, 00individual had to draw a line in the sand in order to define this site’s main thrust and delivery of Rock ‘n’ Roll and also to use all of his knowledge and personal experience to convey the ’60s and ’70s Rock ‘n’ Roll ambiance.
That’s where The Beatles enter once again.
The Beatles rarely Rocked in the true sense. They came close many times as with Abbey Road and the White Album, and “I’m Down“ was clearly a pre-Punk Rocker – 00individual would’ve loved more – but their Pop massively dominated their Rock.
Truth is, the World continues to love The Beatles because of a creative DNA common-denominator in all of us that registers that The Beatles were simply The Best.
Rock ‘n’ Roll will never achieve that level of Pop DNA and there’s a positive reason why.
Rock ‘n’ Roll is rebellion, it is freedom from societal and familial restrictions, it realizes self, it is loud, it is young at heart and mind, it bows to no one, it is brave, it is liberating, it is loving, it is beautiful, it is dangerous, and it is fun.
That special blend of DNA knows the difference and is why it aligns with The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band; The Rolling Stones.
Imagine yourself as a teen in the ’60s, it’s 1965 and the popular Los Angeles KHJ Boss Radio year-end Top 93 lists Satisfaction (#1) compared to Yesterday (#9) and the same station, next year in 1966, it was Eleanor Rigby (#31) compared to Paint it Black (#34).
Numerical ranking is included for the archives, but is immaterial for our purposes as it is the songs that present the stark comparison and true representation of where Pop and Rock separate.
The Beatles represent a legion of bands that followed in their footsteps and were certainly seen as Pop artists and not Rockers; the Dave Clark Five were at one time bigger in sales and hits than the Beatles and the DC5 definitely Rocked, but they still were within the Pop mold.
Other than regional Garage Rock Bands, nearly all other bands and artists leaned more toward Pop than Rock – that is until the Blues became strongly electrified in England and on the West Coast and that’s when real Hard Rock was born and grew quickly into the era of Arena Rock.
From then on, bands and artists wanted to be known for both Rock and Pop abilities and sensibilities and upped their game with incredible transitions, juxtapositions and blends within an album and within a song.
So, while both Pop and Rock are musical equals in their own rights, there is a distinct difference. And that difference, for the purpose of this site, emphasizes Classic Rock.
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As far as The Beatles vs The Stones, we see that it is like comparing apples and oranges, even worse back then were the ludicrous Beatles vs Elvis arguments of which there are no comparisons – all were phenomenal icons with their own distinct individual and group images, talents and indelible influences.
. . . and they all owed their inspiration, success and popularity to all of the great Blues Masters, call and response Gospels, and early Rockabilly Rockers.
with Lennon and McCartney on harmony backup vocals!
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