1965: The Most Revolutionary Year In Music by Andrew Grant Jackson

What a cover! The psychedelic colors, the swirling letters, the flowers, all immediately caught my eye. And the reviews weren’t too shabby either. So I purchased a copy for my Kindle Fire and away I go on a journey back to 1965. The author, Andrew Grant Jackson, makes a bold hypothesis’ surmising that 1965 IS the “most revolutionary year in music”. Debatable, to say the least but interesting as hell.

Jackson starts off with a 1965 “SELECTED” TIME LINE (the quotation marks are mine), one which helped to pique my interest and excitement about how the author will prove his theory. He then sections his book off to four seasons (not the singing group fronted by Frankie Valli); Winter , Spring, Summer, and the better choice than fall, Autumn. Each section title tends to lead the reader to believe the author will offer a chronological approach as a proof. While filling each section’s subsequent chapters with anecdotal information, Billboard like charting data, followed by a political climate overview of that time, the author offered his proof thematically, using a musician(s) as the anchor to each chapter. This model of presentation sometimes confused me,as I then needed to “post-reference” his said reference¬† AKA I needed to backtrack too many times.

The overall reading experience DID spark some nostalgia in me, having me traveling back in time to that ever present AM radio and/or the small screened black and white television the kind that needed time to warm up) circa 1965. However, Andrew Grant Jackson’s thesis that 1965 was the “most revolutionary” year in music, while exciting and interesting, was not proven to me.