Want to know what up and coming rock guitarists were listening to in the early '60s?
Among other things, this:
I played guitar on a Ventures demo in 1980, not a terribly interesting story, but still, I got to meet a couple of the guys. Were they hip and cool? At that point, hardly. But they represented the electric guitar when it was still a fairly new and not well respected instrument in the early '60s. For that, and for some fun music, they deserve love and respect.