The beginning of the Austin music scene
(Re)discover the roots of Austin music
Sonobeat's historical archives
Sonobeat's vault – sealed for decades until Sonobeat Historical Archives unlocked it in 2004 – holds Sonobeat's hundreds of original tape recordings, photographs, and documents that provide an evocative flashback to the dynamic Central Texas music scene from 1967 through 1976, when Austin is beginning to stake its claim as The Live Music Capital of the World. The vault's open, so join us on a journey back in time.
Austin's music scene started here
Where else but Austin can you find Austin City Limits, SXSW, and an A-to-Z musical night life... Back in the late '60s, Austin music is already red hot with it's unique Southern and psychedelic rock, cosmic cowboy, and Afro-jazz scenes, all fueled by more than 35,000 University of Texas students, a thriving high school garage rock scene, and the center of Texas government. Here's where it all started.
A look back at Plymouth Rock
Fifty years ago, Sonobeat recorded Austin-based Plymouth Rock (right, Austin, not Boston), releasing the group's only single in November '69. Plymouth Rock was composed of some of Austin's top rock singers, songwriters, and musicians of the era. In advance of our release later this year of the 50th anniversary digital remaster of the band's Memorandum, we invite you to explore Plymouth Rock's story.