From the 60′s to Today
Axe Heaven Miniature Replicas of Famous Guitars from the 60′s to Today
The 60′s were a time of drastic change. From the simplicity and innocence of the decade’s early music from the “Fab Four” to the Blues-influenced riffs of Cream’s Jack Bruce to the mind-bending psychedelic jams of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, music was the backdrop to it all.
Guitars became the icons of the artists we admired. Paul McCartney playing his iconic left-handed bass guitar on the Ed Sullivan Show and Jimi Hendrix lighting his hand-painted Fiesta Red on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival are images engraved in the minds of a generation.
The turbulent 70′s began with war protests, the women’s liberation movement, and the growing concern for the future of the planet, and it ended with test tube babies and the introduction of the Walkman. Rock music reflected those changing times. Images of John Lennon playing his “Give Peace a Chance” acoustic guitar during the infamous “Bed-In” were published in magazines and flashed across TV screens around the world.
Rock grew up. It became more theatrical, such as the operatic and flamboyant sounds of Queen’s Brian May. At the same time, Michael Anthony and boys of VH reminded us that hard-kicking Rock ‘n’ Roll had not died.
The 80′s brought “genre” music to the forefront. Bon Jovi’s east coast rock, the heavy metal sounds of Kirt Hammett of Metallica, rockabilly from
Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats, along with Prince’s unique brand of Minneapolis R & B all made an impact on the charts and influenced the culture of the day.
As the 20th century was drawing to an end, so was the Cold War. The times were truly changing. The Iron Curtain came down, the Hubble Telescope went up and use of the World Wide Web grew exponentially. It was a time of looking towards the future, to the new millennium and the unlimited potential for growth and change that it brought.
Music was also in a period of transition. The vinyl of the sixties, the cassettes of the seventies, and the CDs of the eighties all gave way to the digital age. “Download” became the battle cry of a new generation as Napster grew into a monster before being slayed by the music industry.
Meanwhile, progressive new musicians, like John Petrucci of Dream Theatre, with his Picasso-inspired guitars, and classically-trained instrumentalist Neil Zaza, brought a new level of maturity to the music.
The new millennium has just begun. What the future holds in store for music is anyone’s guess. One thing that can safely be bet on is that, to quote the Grateful Dead, “The music never stops!”
Musicians like Zakk Wylde, formerly Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, continue to reinvent themselves. Zakk’s new band, Black Label Society, helps keep the music alive and growing in the 21st Century.
Who will be the guitar heroes of the future? Check back tomorrow (or maybe the day after) to find out. Click for miniature replica guitars of today’s rock stars.
What can we say other than they are truly classic?