Pre-Punk: 1960-1964

Pre-Punk: 1930s-1950s

Albums from this period are below the fold.

Lead Belly: Negro Sinful Songs (1939) [early protest music]

Woodie Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads (1940) [early protest music]

Chuck Berry: After School Session (1957)

The Collins Kids: Young Heart/Hop, Skip, and Jump (single) (1957)

The Crickets: The “Chirping” Crickets (1957)

Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard (1957)

Chuck Berry: One Dozen Berrys (1958)

The Collins Kids: Whistle Bait/Rock Boppin’ Baby (single) (1958)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Self-titled 1958)

Jerry Lott (aka The Phantom): Love Me/Whisper My Love (single) (1958)

Link Wray: Rumble/The Swag (single) (1958) [earliest use of power chord?]

Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry Is on Top (1959)

Ritchie Valens: Self-titled (1959)


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