The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Band, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ritchie Havens, The Mamas & The Papas, and Quicksilver
While not all of these artists performed at the Woodstock Festival in 1969,
they are all part of the same era of music.
However, that very festival, Woodstock, was part of
the demise of that era, as the turmoil that occurred put bad ties to the music.
So, at the close of
1969, and the end of the decade, that era came to a close, both in America and Great Britain, and
the few and similar styles of rock music that then existed would soon branch out into many
different new styles of rock music, one of which being progressive rock.
Once rock music began to branch out, Great Britain had different effects of change than
did the United States.
The branching out of rock music was beneficial for both Britain and
While there were many differences in how they each developed, the only important
one in this case is the number of branches.
The United States had far more branches than did
In the United States, rock branched into hard rock, like Van Halen, progressive
rock (the most important), like Frank Zappa, southern rock, like ZZ Top, arena rock, like
Journey, punk rock, like The Ramones, folk rock (which had started before the psychedelic era),
like Bob Dylan, soft rock, like Billy Joel, and even a genre known as “Jersey Shore rock,” like
However, in Great Britain, in essence, there were only three branches.