After the arrival of The Beatles and the British Invasion, the marketplace was flooded with affordable electric guitars, like Sears’ infamous and beloved Silvertone brand. Technology in hand, just about any teenager could now start a band. That most did so while unable to actually play said instrument spawned an entirely new genre, garage rock. Even today, the stuff from compilation series like Pebbles sounds fresh and invigorated, because it was born of enthusiasm as much as prowess.
Three decades later, Apple’s PowerBook facilitated a similar shift, and “laptop” became both an instrument and a genre (while sending the rarified, academic, and somewhat exclusive genres of musique concret and electro-acoustic... Read More