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Turn on your mind : four decades of great psychedelic rock
DeRogatis, Jim.
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Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, [2003]

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xviii, 638 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Originally published: Kaleidoscope eyes: psychedelic rock from the '60s to the '90s. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Pub. Group, 1996.
My white bicycle : the origins and hallmarks of psychedelic rock -- Why don't we sing this song all together : the psychedelic Beach Boys, Beatles, and Rolling Stones -- Drugs, dementia, and amplified jugs : psychedelic punk -- Eight miles high : folk rock turns psychedelic -- Pipers at the gates of dawn : the Pink Floyd -- The U.K.'s technicolour dream -- Just say yes : psychedelia stretches out -- Broken head : quiet, super genius at work -- Yoo doo right : the Krautrock invasion -- An evening of fun in the metropolis of your dreams : psychedelic punk return -- Passionate friends : the English psychedelic eccentrics -- Retrodelic : the psychedelic and garage revivals -- Bad trips and one-hit wonders -- Reality used to be a friend of mine : psychedelic hip-hop and trip hop -- Raving and drooling : psychedelic dance music -- Pigfuckers and shoegazers : psychedelic guitar bands in the '80s and '90s -- Psychedelic rock lives on : ork pop, intuitive music, elephant 6, stoner rock, and thirteen albums to turn on your mind in the new millennium.
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ML3534 .D476 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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(Book). Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock is a history and critical examination of rock's most inventive genre. Whether or not psychedelic drugs played a role (and as many musicians say they've used them as not), psychedelic rock has consistently charted brave new worlds that exist only in the space between the headphones. The history books tell us the music's high point was the Haight-Ashbury scene of 1967, but the genre didn't start in San Francisco, and its evolution didn't end with the Summer of Love. A line can be drawn from the hypnotic drones of the Velvet Underground to the disorienting swirl of My Bloody Valentine; from the artful experiments of the Beatles' Revolver to the flowing, otherworldly samples of rappers P.M. Dawn; from the dementia of the 13th Floor Elevators to the grungy lunacy of the Flaming Lips; and from the sounds and sights at Ken Kesey's '60s Acid Tests to those at present-day raves. Turn On Your Mind is an attempt to connect the dots from the very first groups who turned on, tuned in, and dropped out, to such new-millennial practitioners as Wilco, the Elephant 6 bands, Moby, the Super Furry Animals, and the so-called "stoner-rock" and "ork-pop" scenes.

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Library Journal Review

To many, psychedelic rock is the musical equivalent of the gray-ponytailed hippie: occasionally noticed at the supermarket but mostly thought to be trapped in the Sixties. In this self-described improvement on his earlier Psychedelic Eyes, DeRogatis (Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs) aims to show that psychedelic rock didn't just spring up and then wilt with the flower children. He charts the genre's journey from Albert Hoffman's first batch of LSD to the Beach Boys' hipster bandwagon fave, Pet Sounds, to the current jumble of techno/ dance/mind music. He also introduces us to psychedelic rock's family: the ugly nerd child (progressive rock), German exchange students (Kraftwerk and Krautrock), and the aromatherapist (New Age mood music). DeRogatis's harsh honesty is refreshing as he rips into Jim Morrison's dimestore Beat poetry and Sonic Youth's indie snobbery, but it evaporates as he spends a whole chapter gushing over dork rockers Flaming Lips. With the current explosion of neo-garage bands, this book will need another edition in about three years. Recommended for most libraries, both public and academic, and for drum and guitar start-ups.-Eric Hahn, West Des Moines, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.