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Hard rock has its roots in the late sixties, and really did not run much past the eighties. For me It really all happened between 1968 and 1972. 1968 Saw the coming together or formation of a number of bands that would go on to be the bastions of Classic Rock. The influence of these bands on the genre of hard rock is such that they virtually own it, with exclusive rights to its format.
1968 saw bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Free. King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Rush, Yes and Ten Years After form and jam with a new format. The Blues was ripped up with volume and power chords, and flamboyuant delivery. It started being referred to as Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock or Heavy Rock.
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Hendrix records Electric Ladyland. Steppenwolf, White light white heat the velvet underground ,fleetwood mac, shades of Deep Purple also The Book of Taliesyn, undead Ten Years After, Blues from Laurel Canyon, Neil Young,
Things were changing at such a pace, everything was new, all the old sixties beat groups were losing momentum against the unstoppable force of Rock Music. If 1968 kicked off the rock music genre, what was to follow was impossible to ignore