Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Dawn of Modern Rock


The seeds to what would later be called modern rock were planted in the sixties and early seventies. David Bowie put out a sci-fi thriller song called "Space Oddity" in 1969. T. Rex crafted a subdued Chuck Berry-like rhythmic pulse in "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" in 1971 and mixed it with lustful lyrics. Both Bowie nd T. Rex would be credited as influences in the rise of glam rock then modern rock. Lou Reed dealt with hard street issues with The Velvet Underground in songs like "Sweet Jane" and "Waiting For The Man." Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and MC5 sprung out of Detroit in the late sixties and were all cited as influences of early punk rock, which also drew from a reckless raw sound that appeared in sixties garage acts like The Thirteenth Floor Elevators from Texas. Bob Marley first made his mark in the sixties as the reggae scene was developing in Jamaica. The first reggae song to ever become popular in America was actually in 1968 with "The Israelites" by Desmond Dekker.

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