Pink Floyd is another classic example a psychedelic rock group surfacing in the sixties. The musicians Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour — moved to London and were eager to explore the world throughout their music.They officially became Pink Floyd after meeting their percussionist Nick Mason, and keyboard player Rick Wright. They became incredibly famous, sales topping 250 million, rivaling the likes of the Beatles and Led Zepplin. They were famous for spacey guitar sounds and LSD inspired light shows. One of their most famous songs, dark side of the moon, came out in 1973 originally titled Eclipse. http://www.pinkfloyd.com/history/biography.php
The Byrds are a band from LA that formed in 1964 out of the Jet Set- the duo of Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark. They added David Crosby and made their name the Beefeaters and eventually the Byrds, misspelling it purposely based on the Beatles. They were considered one of the pioneers of Folk Rock but they were known for experimenting with psychedelic songs. Their archetypical psychedelic song is called Eight Miles High, a part of their fifth dimension LP. It was one of the first records to be banned because of the heavy drug content. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/the-byrds/biography
Dylan’s original version of this song was not exactly a hit. Hendrix released it as a single in 1968 and it was well received by the public. It was Jimi Hendrix’s one and only top 40 Billboard hit. This to me is the epitome of Psychadelic Rock Music. It had Jimi’s classic guitar riffs and a mix of tambourine and some kind of castinettes or maracas or something. This, while a good song, is not my favorite of the two. To me the extra guitar stuff, while essential to Hendrix’s style, takes away from the lyrics. The song to me, as most of Dylan’s work, is more of a story and should be enjoyed and pondered for its lyrical content.
You can’t not think of psychedelic rock and not think of the Greatful Dead. The band is archetypical of the psychedelic theme, with tie-dye paraphernalia, the skulls and dancing bears, which can be seen decorating the bumpers of Dead Head’s with nostalgia for the Summer of Love everywhere. Their story began around 1960 in Palo Alto California, where head guitarist Jerry Garcia met the band’s future lyricist Robert Hunter. By 1964 he was a member of the future Greatful Dead with the rest of the members: Bob Weir, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and longtime associates Bob Matthews (who engineered Dead albums and formed the Alembic Electronics equipment company) and John Dawson (later of New Riders of the Purple Sage). The band was called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions and in 1965 it became The Warlocks. They eventually got the name Greatful Dead from Owsley’s LSD creation. It’s name was coined by an ancient Egyptian prayer. They were first signed by MGM in 1966 and then by Warner Bros. in 1967. Three of their albums got Warner Bros. out of debt: Alive/Dead, Workman’s dead, and American Beauty (my favorite song by them “Box of Rain” is on this one). They were often seen at LSD parties and performed in several concerts which people of the psychedelic culture flocked to. The Band took a Hiatus in the 70s and many of the band members went on to fulfill solo careers.