It was the last blockbuster year all the ’65 titans released classics at the same time: the former Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, Stevie Wonder, the Who, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Bob Marley – the list goes on!
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NPR’S review is here:
1973: the year rock peaked, began to die, and was reborn.
Aside from the legendary artists mentioned above, four mid-level veterans shot to the front of the pack: Pink Floyd, Elton John, David Bowie, and Joni Mitchell.
An amazing crop of new superstars released their debut albums: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Queen, Aerosmith, the New York Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Tom Waits.
But when radio programmers created the Album Oriented Rock format for FM radio, the music began to homogenize, and whose who weren’t mainstream white rockers began to get squeezed out.
Under the radar, however, new movements started percolating that would eventually rise up to rejuvenate popular music: punk, disco, hip hop, reggae, techno, and outlaw country.