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Hi, my name is Jac Bico. At the very moment I’m writing this introduction (February 2014) it will be exactly 50 years ago, that the first performance by The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show caused a musical landslide: The beginning of the British Invasion. What would follow after the Beatles’ first appearance, was a stream of British bands and artists - an invasion, indeed - that conquered the United States and made the first footprint for rock music as we know it today.

Britain at that time , and then mainly London, was already the center of fashion and style. Bands like the Beatles had already adopted rock 'n roll, blues and surf styles from their American counterparts and had changed it into a new music, known first as Mersey-beat, later as beat music. This was a combination of the aforementioned styles, as well as Celtic folk, music hall and pop. This of course had been a process of years, and didn’t occur overnight.

For instance, Liverpool merchant seamen often sailed in the U.S. and returned with the latest rock 'n roll hits or obscure blues records. The rebellious tone and image of these musicians resonated with British youth in the late 50’s, but attempts to make an English equivalent failed. It was the combination of the various American and British styles that appealed to the young public, that had grown tired of teeny-bop singers and prefab artists. Apart from the beat boom, with artists from the so-called First Wave, like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Troggs and The Stones, we will also have a look at representatives of the Second Wave with more blues rock and psychedelia: the blues boom.

Young players like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and Jimmy Page had studied the American blues players very thouroughly, adapted their style, gave it a little boost and brought it back to the U.S. The British Invasion paved the path for the rock group, formed around drums and guitars and producing their own material as singer-songwriters. So, what did the British Invasion bring for us, guitar players? Well, I’d say - the future. It injected American pop culture with new and fresh ideas and made the young generation aware and enthusiastic of a genre it had neglected and almost forgotten: the blues. Somebody said: 'The Americans invented rock and roll, the British kept it alive'. We will learn about beat guitar, jangly rhythm comping, psychedelic pop melodies. But also deep blues licks, early blues rock guitar, the typical British vibrato and more.