stylistic origins: Early Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Beat, R&B, Soul, Blues, Surf Rock, Frat Rock, Instrumental Rock
cultural origins: Early 1950s United States, Early 1960s Canada
sub-genres: 2
artists listed: 324
albums: 1,093
tracks: 16,736
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Garage Rock

stylistic origins: Early Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Beat, R&B, Soul, Blues, Surf Rock, Frat Rock, Instrumental Rock
cultural origins: Early 1950s United States, Early 1960s Canada

Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that was first popular in the United States and Canada from about 1963 to 1967. During the 1960s, it was not recognised as a separate music genre and had no specific name. In the early 1970s, some rock critics retroactively labelled it as punk rock. However, the music style was later referred to as garage rock (or 1960s punk) to avoid confusion with the music of late 1970s punk rock bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash.

The style had been evolving from regional scenes as far back as 1958. "Dirty Robber" by The Wailers and "Rumble" by Link Wray are mainstream examples of the genre in its formative stages. It is generally agreed that garage rock peaked both commercially and artistically during 1966. It went into a slow, but irreversible, decline beginning the following year, with fewer and fewer examples of the genre being released in 1968 and 1969. From a general interest standpoint, the genre was spent by 1970.

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