Live fast, die young is the motto of many a top rock n roller.
Hemlines got shorter, drug consumption skyrocketed and the Hippie movement alarmed prim and proper Brits as the so-called ‘Youthquake’ struck.
In the corridors of power, the Profumo sex scandal changed the relationship between the public and their politicians.
From The Rolling Stones to Stone Roses, the wild stories of sex, drugs and scandal are often as much of their superstar appeal as the groundbreaking music.
But despite all the recording studio rows and rehab stints, there are some classic bands who are still singing for their supper, decades after their found fame.
England won the World Cup, BBC2 began and the first colour TVs went on sale, allowing fans to follow their musical heroes in technicolour glory.
Many emerged from the Swinging Sixties - the decade that shook Britain to its core after the black and white post-war Fifties.