Class Notes

Music played a major part in the counterculture movement in the 1960s. One of the most successful American bands at the time was the Beach Boys, but they were not taken seriously as other artists. The Beach Boys mostly sang about surfing, cars, and girls. Brian Wilson, possibly the most brilliant American musician of all time, changed everything in 1965 when they came out with Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds influenced American pop music so much that the Beatles credit its sound for songs like Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane. In fact, much of Sgt. Peppers was influenced by the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys still do not get the credit they deserve for their music. Yes, much of it was just fun beach music, but it deserves to be part of the soundtrack of the 1960s.

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