Open up just about any popular book on '60s rock music, and the story of how the "San Francisco sound" developed will unfold something like this: In the spring of 1965, the Byrds, a group of Los Angeles folkies merging the sound of the Beatles and the lyricism of Bob Dylan, released an electrified version of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." With its 12-string jangle, reverb-drenched production, and soaring harmonies, the tune shot straight up the charts and in the process inspired hordes of folkie bohemians throughout the Bay Area (and all across America) to trade in their acoustic guitars for electric axes, including members of an old-timey country-folk outfit by the name of the Charlatans, the musicians credited most often as the visionaries who forged San... More >>>