Psychedelic rock

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October 17, 2021

Psychedelic Rock is a musical genre that emerged in the mid-1960s in Western Europe and California (San Francisco and Los Angeles). Psychedelic rock is associated with the concepts of "psychedelia" and "psychedelics" (hallucinogens). It also has close relationships with the hippie subculture and Eastern (Indian) philosophy. Psychedelic rock is generally experimental music based on Anglo-American musical culture strongly influenced by Eastern mysticism, traditional and spiritual Indian music. One of the first groups to form the direction as a whole were The Charlatans, which appeared back in 1964. The British band The Beatles is also an important figure in psychedelic rock: it was the band's guitarist George Harrison's fascination with Indian philosophy and ancient Indian teachings that led him and the entire group to a passion for Indian transcendental music (it is known that George Harrison even learned to play the Indian sitar). The experiments of The Beatles (beginning with the recording of "Tomorrow Never Knows") sparked a wave of interest in such experiments in the advanced rock culture of the 1960s, and many similar bands emerged in Europe and America. Initially, psychedelic rock was not associated with the use of psychedelics - the goal of the musicians was to convey the state of transcendental consciousness through musical images, and not to advertise LSD. However, the journalists perverted the essence of psychedelia - the work of The Beatles was repeatedly subjected to various studies by "psychoanalysts", interpretations of "yellow newspapers", searches for "hidden meaning" - as a result, hints of LSD were "discovered" in many psychedelic compositions of the Beatles: for example, in such a composition, how "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" critics saw in the caps of the song title (LSD) and the lyrics some kind of drug propaganda. Subsequently, psychedelic rock musicians have repeatedly informed the press that their work does not carry LSD advertisements, but is a form of achieving transcendental consciousness through musical influence. In the October 1966 Melody Maker article "Psychedelia: The New Buzzword and What It Means," Hollies guitarist Graham Nash, who had previously attended psychedelic

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