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Rather than being just another stuffy or vapid rehash of the culture behind '60s music, Andrew Grant Jackson's recently published book 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music features 25 delightfully bite-sized chapters that chronicle the 12 colorful months of 1965. Cleverly divided into four seasons, the chapters each encapsulate a series of verifiable vignettes that make the book come across more like an entertaining and thought-provoking almanac, rather than a dry, academic discourse. While Jackson wittily and eloquently presents his findings, he lets his readers decide for themselves whether 1965 was indeed the most revolutionary year in music. Either way, he makes a good case.
The book has an ambitious title, mostly because many rock historians would argue that 1967 was a bigger year. Not only was '67 the "Summer of Love" and the year of the Monterey Pop Festival, it was also when the Beatles released both Sgt. Pepper's and Magical Mystery Tour. That year, the first two Doors albums and the first two Hendrix albums were released, as well. So how is it that the real revolution occurred two years earlier? We went straight to the source and asked the author with the very presidential-sounding name to give us his thoughts.More »