The Birth Of The San Fransisco Sound

The rock music scene coming out of the city by the bay in the mid 1960′s and early 1970′s changed the rock music landscape forever. Many of the worlds most controversial and famous rock musicians and groups, started their sounds and gained fateful followers in San Francisco. The musical lyrics generated by these writers and performers were said to be voicing sentiment of the area’s quest for peace, love, solidarity and brotherhood. Such artists as The Grateful Dead, led by Jerry Garcia, got their start performing in San Francisco. The Grateful Dead performed their first notable show in The Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco on January 8th, 1966. That performance was the first of the psychedelic rock show genre. The band the Jefferson Airplane, later Starship, pulled up their rock and roll roots in San Francisco. They first performed live at the Matrix Theatre in San Francisco on August 13th, 1965. They immediately gained praise from some of the most influential musicians of that time like the Beatles. The band Santana were all from San Fransisco too. The leader, Carlos Santana, worked as a cook at the Tick Tocks Drive Inn on 3rd Street In San Francisco. His music quickly got national attention.

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