Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that is inspired or influenced by psychedelic culture and attempts to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. It often uses new recording techniques and effects and sometimes draws on sources such as the ragas and drones of Indian music.
At it's apex in the late 1960s, psychedelic rock has long remained one of rock's most popular genres. Popularized by the Summer of Love, the best psychedelic rock bands were able to fuse elements of other sounds - in particular those of the non-Western variety - to replicate the trippy, groovy feeling that was popular during that era. Psychedelic rock became a more underground rock movement since the late 1960s, but that doesn't mean it's not any less relevant.
Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit" Live on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Jefferson Airplane were pioneers of psychedelic rock in the '60s. They were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Artists are ranked by their influence, impact, and popularity. Includes artists that performed psychedelic music for only a portion of their career.
Music video of Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Jimi Hendrix is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His band influenced psychedelic rock, hard rock and heavy metal.
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Doors song The End full and uncensored.
The Doors were an influential psychedelic/acid rock band. They were the first American band to achieve 8 consecutive gold and platinum LPs.
This week, stoner rock stalwarts The Warlocks released Skull Worship, their first album in three years. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard many people talking about the band, onetime signatures of legendary indie label Bomp! and creators of some of the best psych of the last decade. In fact, there’s a whole host of psychedelic bands that are all too frequently ignored; here are some of the genre’s most inexplicably overlooked acts from the past 50 years.