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The Rock-itt : December 2011
an eye, the change was so abrupt and dramatic. America no longer called the tune as to what we were listening to, or what we wore, it was England’s turn to dominate the style of music and fashion and it was so distinctive and original that it swept over the countries of the world like a giant plague of locusts devouring all that stood in its way. The name given to this new wave of hysteria was ‘The British Invasion of the Sixties’. Gone was the greasy slicked back hair and denim jeans and black leather jackets, gone was the masculine macho looking rock stars with their snide look of youth’s brooding rebellion, a new brand of muso had arrived and as the original had shocked the music world ten years previously, once again there was nothing quite like it. The Spearhead of this new wave was four young Liverpudliuns often referred to as the ‘Fab Four’, but who had named their quartet ‘The Beatles’. Still regarded today almost fifty years on as the greatest four piece group to ever sling a guitar,”The Beatles” were the epitom e of what every budding m uso, singer/songwriter and music fan wanted to em ulate. As if god like with their rise to the highest pinnacle of modern day music, they Welcome back music fanatics to The Rock-itt’s monthly instalm ent of ‘Rock and Roll History’. So far we have been back and forth across the oceans of the world as we have researched rock history in both the United States, where it all began, to our own home grown turf of Australia, where we looked at the evolution of our own rock and roll stars and their involvem ent in the fantastic world of rock. But now with the black leather jackets, slicked back hair and sideburns firmly cemented in rock folklore, along with the music which had infected the world’s youth, the rock evolution takes a swift turn to the right as with all the basics of that great rock and roll sound still the foundation stone. A new sound and fashion was in the wind and gaining momentum, as the rockin’ fifties began to change to the swinging sixties and the origin of this new influential wave coming from none other than the small, grey, dreary, seaport of Liverpool, England, and it was called ‘The Mersey Beat’. It was almost like summer changing to winter in the wink of Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep ROCKIN’ around the Beaches were hailed as the greatest thing since Mozart and their musical peers held them in absolute awe. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were ‘The Beatles’ and despite an enormous amount of other bands which were also regarded as monoliths of the era, ‘The Beatles’ stood on a pedestal alone as the greatest of the greats. The chance meeting in time of these four fresh faced teenagers for the world turned into a mating of Eagles. Their raw musical talents far exceeded their ages and as they grew together as one, their wonderful talents blossomed into a potpourri of ideas, lyrics and melodies which reached out over land and sea to almost every corner of the globe. As time turned over they learnt to refine and hone their skills and when finally Brian Epstein came into their lives they were r eady to be guided down the path of world fame and into musical history. It all began all those years ago in This Month: The British Invasion of the Sixties