PSYCHEDELIC ROCK SOUND OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE
As Wiki says, this is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of the psychedelic culture. The music draws heavy influences from blues & jazz music & is a result of free experimentation with musical form, arrangements, unnatural reverb, and other sound effects. The music grew like wild fire across the globe through worldwide media publicity & played a major role in shaping & defining the psychedelic movement & thus, the psychedelic subculture in the 60s. The peak years of psychedelic rock were between 1966 and 1969, with milestone events including the 1967 Summer of Love and the 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival, becoming an international musical movement associated with a widespread counter-culture before beginning a decline as changing attitudes, the loss of some key individuals and a back-to-basics movement, led surviving performers to move into new musical areas.
SUMMER OF LOVE, SAN FRANCISCO '67
The Summer of Love is remembered as a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood Haight-Ashbury. Although hippies also gathered in many other places in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, San Francisco was at that time the most publicized location. Here, people had gathered to celebrate life through spreading & preaching peace & love by playing music & reciting poems, decorating themselves with flowers & bright colored garments. But the most important cause was the expansion of the U.S. government's extensive military intervention in Vietnam. The people protested against the war & expressed their dissatisfaction with the governmental policies. Take a look at the video footages from the Summer of Love.
More than a protest, it was about exploration, finding new ways of expression, being aware of one's existence. It became very significant and led to widespread emergence of the 60s counterculture movement that is referred by sociologists as an anti-establishment cultural phenomenon that developed first in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) and then spread throughout much of the Western world between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s, with London, New York City, and San Francisco being hotbeds of early countercultural activity. As the era unfolded, new cultural forms and a dynamic sub culture which celebrated experimentation, modern incarnations of Bohemianism, and the rise of the hippie and other alternative lifestyles, emerged.
Alternative lifestyle & the associated music culture was ever present with jazz & blues but it was the very first time the music blasted so loud that not only neighbors but people from the farthest corner of the globe heard it & actually got influenced. For this was just not music that questions authority, let it be government or parents who always deem to be right, but a culture that was appealing people to think of the unthinkable, and believe in a world that is peaceful & sublime, as faith & belief is the key, right?
- Wasn't Born To Follow The Byrds 2:02
- Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire 3:34
- San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) Scott McKenzie 3:00
- Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 3:36
- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) The Beatles 2:05
- Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones 3:46
- I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) The Electric Prunes 2:58
- A Hazy Shade Of Winter Simon & Garfunkel 2:20
- Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane 2:57
- Hey Joe The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3:30
- Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Nancy Sinatra 2:41
- People Are Strange The Doors 2:13
- Working Class Hero John Lennon 3:51
- Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds 2:29
- If I'm Lucky (I May Get Picked Up) Betty Davis 4:34
- Love Me Two Times The Doors 3:17
- Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan 3:18
- Heroin The Velvet Underground 7:13
- Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles 4:07
- Wichita Lineman Friends Of Dean Martinez 4:52
- White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane 2:33
- The Sound Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:09
- Woodstock Matthew Southern Comfort 4:31