The year in pop music was diverse


and synthetic: opposites are starting to attract: folk and rock music, black and white artists, British art and destruction--all on display.

In 1965, the Beatles finished their touring of the US, while the Who kicked off punk rock (some say) with this disrespectful song from 1965. Notice how the white mods don't quite know how to dance to it, and check out the hair-do on that chick:


In England, they were more integrated than in the US. Check out this video of Dusty Springfield (blond) working harmoniously with Martha and the Vandells.

Such racial harmony was inverted with Don Ho and Johnny Mathis: people of color who feel they have to sound "white" to cross over.Here's an East-Indian (or is he Roma--Gypsy) who wrote "Viva Las Vegas" and appeared on "Shindig" and other cool shows in 1965--his "name" is Jerry Mason:
Notice how we're seeing whites and blacks playing together? That had not happened before 1965.

Here is perhaps the classic folk-rock song by the key American band of the "folk-rock" movement, the Byrds:

The author of that hit, a man born Robert Zimmerman in Hibbing, Minnesota, was releasing "Subterranean Homesick Blues," perhaps the first ever rap song to make the pop charts.

Here's the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965. The hysteria of the young women and the nonchalance of the boys from Liverpool are remarkable. Some say you can see the character of these wry Irishmen--especially Lennon and Harrison-on display here.:

World Music, 1965 style