LSD and the Psychedelic Scene Essay

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In the sixties, the psychedelic music scene was at its prime and the world was full of hippies. During this time, drugs were a very popular part of the hippie culture and the prevalence of LSD helped to create the distinct genre of psychedelic music. Many bands and artists such as The Beatles, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, and Grateful Dead were heavily influenced by LSD, which led to the creation of some great music. This decade was full of adventure, music, sex, drugs, and exploration, which was all made possible due to this powerful and trippy drug. Before jumping into the details of the psychedelic scene one needs to know the history of lysergic acid diethylamide and how it came to be such an important part of this…show more content…
There are many references to LSD in songs from this time due to the big influence it had on the artists who wrote them. In order to produce the psychedelic feel, the artists would write “esoteric lyrics, often describing dreams, visions, or hallucinations” as well as other techniques such as distorting the sound, playing sections of the song backwards, and delaying sounds. Another important part of psychedelic rock is the influence of Indian music. Bands such as The Beatles popularized this technique of using ”exotic instruments like the sitar, the tambura, and the tabla” in their music (Psychedelic Rock). LSD started being associated with music when Ken Kasey would hold acid tests (essentially big parties where everyone was given the drug) where Grateful Dead, formerly known as Warlocks, would play as the house band. These parties gave them recognition in the San Francisco area and their popularity soon skyrocketed. Although their studio albums were not a great hit, their live concerts were very popular (Keno). This lead the way to concerts surrounded by the use of LSD. Everyone would indulge in the substance and then music would be played for everyone to enjoy. This was a very common practice among artists and music listeners in the sixties as places like the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore Auditorium soon began popping up in the San Francisco area. In order to inform the public of these new events, people would put up “posters on
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