I gotta get back to slogging through contract law, but I came across this really interesting paper, which has been covered in the media. Some scientists have determined that there have been three major branches of popular American music involving early 60s rock, early 80s new wave and early 90s rap. According to the paper also, the British Invasion was not necessarily responsible for the 60s evolution of rock because it had already started, but the Invasion possibly helped to increase this genre’s popularity.
Having been a biologist before and more than a bit of a music fan – this paper is pretty cool, and it’s an open source paper, which I like.
Here is the link: The evolution of popular music: USA 1960–2010. Have fun.