Here's a jiffy index to the timeline:
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Conventions: "Major rock artists" are defined as any artists who appear in our 60s record reviews (hence the omission of Pink Floyd and a few others). However, this does not mean that we have actually reviewed every album mentioned here. Coverage stops in 1980 with the death of John Lennon. We have included live albums and a few EP's that contained original material, but omitted compilation albums and rearranged US versions of UK albums, which also are omitted from the record reviews. Dates are release dates. Whenever we knew that release dates differed for the UK and USA, we listed only the earlier date and indicated the country of release.
We have relied on a variety of sources for the following information. Because most of it is easily available, e.g., in various "Top 40" books, we don't feel any particular obligation to provide references. All of the home pages that we consulted are accessible via links on our other record review pages.
Yes, we your humble servants admit to vast ignorance on all matters. Corrections and additions are greatly appreciated.
The Museum of the City of San Francisco maintains a similar, but vastly more detailed timeline of San Francisco rock. It covers 1965 - 1969 and focuses on live performances and political events.