Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the most ground-breaking year in music history ever. It was the year rock and roll evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world.
The feedback loop between the artists and their times ignited an unprecedented explosion of creativity. The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul and performed at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a major American stadium. Bob Dylan released “Like a Rolling Stone”—the quintessential anthem of the year—and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The Rolling Stones’ hit song “Satisfaction” catapulted the band to world-wide success. Fashion designer Mary Qaunt raised the hemlines of her skirts to above the knee, introducing the iconic miniskirt.
This was not only the year of rock as new genres such as funk and psychedelia were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation as Motown crossed out of the R&B charts on to the top of the Billboard Top 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound and competition between musicians coincided with seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, psychedelics, and Vietnam.
In 1965, Andrew Grant Jackson combines fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative.
“From the Beatles to the Byrds, from Dylan to the Stones, from the Beach Boys to Motown, author Andrew G. Jackson brilliantly details how the year 1965 was essentially rock and roll’s coming-out party. 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music is filled with interesting insight and analysis into how a unique confluence of cultural events helped spur many of popular music’s all-time greats to reach their artistic apex, all within one, short, action-packed twelve-month period. If you weren’t there the first time around — or even if you were — sit back and prepare yourself for one heck of a ‘ticket to ride.’”—Kent Hartman, author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret, winner of the Oregon Book Award and the Audie Award
“1965 is a year that pop fans… revere [for] the sheer volume of innovative music and cultural transformation. A half-century on, it all remains astonishing but Jackson takes us through these 365 earth-changing days with steady hands and an addictive style. I started making a playlist almost immediately.”—Marc Spitz, author of We Got the Neutron Bomb and Twee
Praise for Andrew Jackson’s Still the Greatest:
“This creative, enlightening, and informative work by a welcomed entrant to Beatles scholarship is highly recommended to anyone interested in learning more about the Fab Four’s sporadically great post-breakup recordings.”—Library Journal
“Loads of fun for Beatles fans.”—Booklist
“The fellow is pretty smart and the book is wonderfully well researched … With the Beatles having been covered to death, this is really new territory … both quite fun and impressive.”— Eric Alterman, The Nation
“An excellent volume and definitely a worthwhile read for music scholars, music enthusiasts, or fans of The Beatles.”—American Reference Books Annual
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Categories: About the Book
I just heard your interview on the Tony Basilio Show and greatly enjoyed it. You mentioned that you like to listen to “deeper cuts” from some of the artists you discuss. I have a feeling those songs would fill a few fantastic playlists.
Thanks, Eric! I made a bunch of playlists of deep cuts of the various artists (Yardbirds vs. Animals, Gene Clark’s Byrds songs) if you scroll down into the older posts. And this was a list of my take on the top 125 of the year: https://1965book.com/the-125-greatest-songs-of-1965/ What are some of your favorite deep cuts?