For those prize adolescent, primitive energy as one of rock & roll best features, the garage rock bands of ‘60s rank at or near the top of rock & roll pyramid. Ignored or even scorned by critics in its heyday, garage rock proved an influential inspiration for the punk rock explosing of the ‘70s, and experienceda renaissance of sorts in the ‘80s, among the rock underground and collector community if nowhere else.
While scattered 1964 recordings by groups like the Gestures and the Barbarians served early blueprints for the sound, it didn’t blanket the country properly until 1965, when virtually every major city (and many minor ones) became home to dozens of new guitar groups hungering for a piece of the action – which meant parties, girls and, of course, records.
These records were usually pressed on tiny local labels, and usually only heard within a 500 – 100 mile radius (if they were heard on local radio at all). Occasionally they were picked up for nationwide distribution by a larger company; more occasionally still, they became bona fide national hits. The Shadows of Knight, The Count Five, the 13th Floor Elevators, The Standells, The Seeds, ? & The Mysterians, and the Gentrys were among the lucky few who hit this jackpot, although their time in spotlight was brief.
- Richie Unterberger
1. "All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive guide to Rock, Pop, and soul". Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas. 3rd Edition. Publisher: Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-653-X. p. 1320-1321
|Bill Schwartz Quartet (Canada)||Jack London & the Sparrows (Canada)||John E. Sharpe and the Squires (South Africa (RSA))||Leigh Stephens (United States)||Les Sauterelles (Switzerland)||San Diego Misfits (United States)||Sentinals (United States)||Shake Spears (Rhodesia (Zambia))||Sly and the Mojo Men (United States)||Sons of Adam (United States)||Sopwith Camel (United States)||Spades (United States)||Spiders (United States)||Squires (United States)||Starliners (United States)||Steppenwolf (United States)||Stoics (United States)||Styx (United States)||Sunday Servants (United States)||Syndicate of Sound (United States)|
|Al Shane||Alan Shacklock||Alan Shane||Andrew Szuch Jr.||Andy Solomon||Arthur Sharp||Bernd Scheffler||Brian Scott||Carl Scott||Chris Stone||Comrie Smith||Dallas Smith||Darby Slick||Dave Spencer||David Smale||Derek Shulman||Derek Sirmon||Dick Scoppettone||Don Summers||Earl Slick||Earl Steely||Ed 'Shred' Schroeder||Eddie Serrato||Eddie Shaw||Eric Stewart||Frank "Poncho" Sampedro||Fred "Sonic" Smith||Günther Sohr||Georg "Toni" Schneider||Gerry Savage||Grace Slick||Gunnar Schäfer||Hans-Erik Steffersen||Harry "Happiness" Smith||Henk Smitskamp||Howie Smith||Jürg Stocker||Jaime Seijas||Jerry Slick||Jim Sawyers||Jimmy Stringfellow||Joe Strummer||John E. Sharpe||John Seiter||John Sharkey||John Shropshire||John Speer||John Stark||Jon Small||José Luis Sosa||Kostas Skokos||Larry Spangler||Leigh Serridge||Leigh Stephens||Lorenzo Santamaría||Lynne Serridge||Makis Saliaris||Marc Swenson||Mario Seijas||Mark Scott||Martin Stone||Marvyn Sharpe||Mel Schacher||Michael Stuart||Mick Stubbs||Mike Shipp||Mike Stoffner||Myke Scavone||Neal Smith||Norman Smith||Norman Stracey||Paul Samwell-Smith||Paul Steffen||Pete Shannon||Peter Shoesmith||Peter Steffen||Peter Stember||Phil Shulman||Ray Sheen||Ray Shulman||Rene van Spanje||Richard Scott||Roger Saksenvik||Ron Saurman||Ron Swartzkopf||Sal||Sammy Stitt||Sid Smith||Skip Skinner||Sly Stone||Stacy Sutherland||Stan||Steve Scott||Steve Speer||Sue||Tom Scheft||Tony Sommers||Ty Styx||Val Stoecklein||Wesley Stafford|
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