Psychedelic Rock Movement

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For my term project this semester I have decided to delve into the major cultural components and reverberations of the psychedelic rock movement. The psychedelic rock movement reached its hiatus during the mid-60’s and permanently revolutionized rock-n-roll music around the world. Not only did this movement shake the foundations of rock, arguably the most popular and successful type of music ever created, to its core, it also had deep, lasting effect on the way humanity understands its own consciousness through the mental exploration this genre of music made prevalent among its listeners. Additionally¸ psychedelic rock often incorporates non-Western music like the typical drones of Indian music and other aspects such as the ragas, which I thought…show more content…
It is important to note however, that this musical genre does not necessarily imply the use of these substances. Within the history of rock, psychedelic rock forms a bridge between Blues towards progressive and heavy metal. It utilizes many musical functions such as jazz and many other musical genres from around the world, notably Indian music with its mystical sounding ragas and pedals. Psychedelic rock sprouted halfway through the seventies with experimental bands such as The Doors, The Beatles, The Byrds, Pink Floyd and the Beach Boys to later influence many bands around the world which are still being inspired by the British and Californian models of psychedelic rock. Psychedelic rock incorporated new electronic effects and registers, extended solos and an emphasis on improvisation to an ever changing genre. It was particularly influenced by oriental mysticism, which is reflected in its use of exotic instruments, such as the sitar or the…show more content…
This psychedelic soul was influenced by the civil rights movement, which gave psychedelic music a darker and more political border. Notable acts include James Brown’s funk, which initiated around 1968 with Sly and the Family Stone, and The Temptations, the Supremes, The Chamber Brothers, and the 5th Dimension. George Clinton took the genre to its extremes both with Parliament and Funkadelic which made Funk something of a religion in the 1970’s. While psychedelic rock began to fall in popularity at the end of the ‘60s, psychedelic soul continued throughout the ‘70s with bands such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, and Ohio Players. This genre also began to decline towards the ends of its decade, and came to be replaced by

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