How could he possibly leave out Blue Cheer–and who the heck is Vashti Bunyan ?
As my essay explains, we’re covering the most seminal rock albums (not blues, not soul, not pure folk) from the era where album sales dominated–beginning with Beatlemania and ending with the advent of the Walkman and cassettes becoming the dominant format. It’s arbitrary, but everything needs a beginning and end point and these are mine.
Albums were chosen based on quality, originality and influence. As these criteria and what constitutes a rock album are completely subjective, I knew people would disagree, and that’s the reason for this space. Let me know which albums you think should–or shouldn’t–be on my list, and why.