Mick Jagger has a freaking amount of talent. That guy is a good singer and just knows how to perform, and the Stones just have good songs.Rock music was always a business. Only delusional pathetic hippies and other countercultural types think it was about rebelling against the man. It was pre-packaged and carefully selected since day one.
There was a lot of good music being produced, regardless of the message the bands had. Generally, there were musical standards until punk rock became mainstream. I always hated people like Bob Dylan who had limited musical talent and their lyrics were overrated junkie babbling or the Rolling Stones, which had some cool songs but are overrated fake bad boys (Brian Jones was the only really talented member). Never got into the Sex Pistols or Nirvana. Too sloppy and mediocre. Always liked my music with some degree of quality, instrumental and vocal wise. Never cared too much about lyrics,
Also, a lot of overrated acts from the 60s and 70s kept being shoved down out throats just because they were friends with Jann Werner, founder of the R&R hall of fame and leftist Rolling Stone magazine. Even that weird obsession with the Beatles (i'm a fan but to think they can do no wrong is plain ridiculous) and especially John Lennon, which is still promoted as the boomer Jesus who sacrificed for "world peace" it's because Werner is friends with Yoko Ono since the early 70s. Yes, payola and cronyism never went away in rock music.
But in the other hand, at the same time Zionist Zimmerman was whining away, you had talented people like the Beatles , Moody Blues, Yardbirds, Kinks, Small Faces, surf and semipro garage bands, and even the soul singers from Motown and Stax in the early to mid 60s producing great, timeless music.
People think Dylan, Joan Baez and some other leftist folk singers were the only ones from the sixties folk scene, but the scene was bigger and had much more talented people than those two. One of the great advantages of internet is that we caen discover good old rock music that wasn't big or was only known locally on certain countries or regions. There were a lot of bands and artists who never made it big internationally but were much more talented than a lot of overrated "big" bands.
A lot of rock fans are lazy and just wanna hear the same old tired songs in their so called classic rock stations. I think that's one of the reasons of rock music's decline. In the other had, i pretty much agree with other posters, that rock lost it's balls in the 90s, Kurt Cobain was a huge overrated woke soyboy who was promoted as a messiah for social justice when he died, while the remaining, more talented and more masculine grunge bands got kinda of ignored. They also sang about depression but in a way more relatable way to your average Joe. Also, most British rock since the 90s has also been devoid of any balls. Don't get me started on how much i despise Radiohead, for me they're the ultimate soyboy band.
Do you know that movie with Oskar Isaak (?) playing a folk singer, I think, Justin Timberlake is in it too?
Townes van Zandt and Frank Zappa are of course the real deal.