Weekly survey: Which of the following was the best decade for rock music?

It’s election day across the country. Once you vote for that, take a moment to consider this: Which of the following decades was best for rock music?

Alan Cross

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  • I think most answers are based on what decade you grew up with from the teens to the late 20’s. It’s also hard to pick a simply numerically based decade as they rarely start and end the same way. If I could choose 10 consecutive years, it would be 1967-1976. This was when studio technology began to take off allowing greater creativity through things like stereo and multi-track recording. Musicians began to get out from under their management and record label control. They took more time to craft an album rather than rushing one out every six to eight months follow by non-stop touring. This was the era of the best work by the Beatles and Stones. Then there were the Doors, Hendrix, Cream, Pink Floyd, the Who, Zeppelin, the Band, CCR, CSNY, Bowie and so many more. Hard Rock, Prog Rock, Acid Rock. The beginnings of punk and new wave. Books can and have been written about it.


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