Before they were old enough to vote: young musicians in classic rock and oldies

Rock and Roll was a very youth oriented genre. Young people loved it and many songs were about rebellion and standing up for what is right. The slogan of the 60s generation was “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Many rock stars got their start in their early 20s and were topping the charts. Some of these musicians when they made it were not even adults, and in some cases were not even teenagers or were barely in their teenage years. They were making hits before they were able to vote in an election or rent a car. Many musicians today were young when they made it such as Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Rihanna, but they were far from the first teenagers to make it in music. Here are some classic rock musicians who started their careers at a very young age.

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Ska and the Caribbean Influence in Classic Rock

Music of the Caribbean has had an influence on classic rock and youth subcultures in Britain, such as the Mod and Skinhead subcultures. Skinhead came from the Rude Boy/Rudie subculture from Jamaica. A few reggae and ska songs crossed over into the top 40 in the 60s and 70s. Rock bands have made covers of ska and reggae songs. The late 70s marked the start of a ska revival, the two tone era. In the 90s there was another revival of ska, especially with Ska punk.

How did ska and reggae get to Britain in the first place and influence so many musicians there? Jamaican immigrants in the 50s and 60s brought music with them. During the 60s and 70s a lot of Jamaican musicians moved to the UK to further their music careers. Record labels like Chris Blackwell’s Island and Lee Gopthal’s Trojan brought Jamaican music to the UK.

Let’s look into how ska came to be and how it spread in popularity. We will also look at musicians of Caribbean (mostly Jamaican) descent who had a big influence as well.

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