Michael Walker defines a gray area in the history of Rock music with What You Want Is in the Limo : On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. This NPR interview gives a nice overview of the Walker’s insights.
Rock lost its artistic mojo circa 1973, as big money proved a death knell to 60’s idealism. As seen in Atlantic Crossing cover at right, you cross a lot of ocean with a leg spread out so far and wide, but you also jump a lot of shark in the process.
Think Rod Stewart’s ’73 release Atlantic Crossing…in contrast to his work with The Faces a year earlier – possibly the greatest rock show ever: